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Guidelines for e-Business Workshops

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by admin in Guidelines

Structures of e-business workshops are as varied as the topics. The approach of successful workshops has developed into a wide range of formats. The key is that the format should fit the subject selected and audience.

Academic symposia are normally formally chaired events with calls for research papers and selection of speakers made some months in advance. The normal proceedings usually include one or several panel discussions as well as presentation of parers around the main themes and selected topics.

Smaller parallel sessions, often of a more interactive format, allow delegates to select areas of particular interest and to network more closely with colleagues and delegates from other institutions.

Business based e-business workshops may follow a similar format and level of formality and structure, whether on conference scale or down to small-scale seminars. They can also be run as training events, concentrating on particular techniques or strategies.

We will be developing guidelines for individual types of event management and reporting on examples of effective e-business workshops.

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Panel Discussions

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by admin in Panel

Setting up a Panel Discussion

Panel discussions need effective facilitation to allow each speaker a similar amount of ‘air time’ and to ensure speakers keep to the subject rather than simply promoting themselves or speaking off topic.

Timing should be adhered to. It is a subtle skill to allow speakers time to make their point, but move the discussion along within a set time frame. Questions often need to be seeded in advance, so audience participation in ensures, but the chair/facilitator should be prepared to add topics and questions of their own.

The chair also needs to be observant in identifying questioners with an effective system set up of roving microphones. Questioners must be managed so their questions are succinct and on topic and as with the panel, are not simply vehicles for self- promotion or descend into a rant. Subtle skills in managing awkward questions is another important element.

For panel speakers,an obvious requirement is that they are articulate and quick thinkers, knowledgeable about the subject and good at responding to whatever comes up.

Selecting panel speakers requires tact and recognition of how to choose complementary speakers so there is a spectrum of approach which should lead to more stimulating and informative debate.