VP Debate: Format Matters
It is much more exciting to watch people debating around a table than it is to watch them debating from behind a podium.
The intimate positioning of the debate set a more conversational tone—and kept the moderator in the action in a way Lehrer couldn’t from more than 10 feet away. “It was harder for them to ignore her,” Carroll says. On Friday’s Good Morning America, Raddatz talked about the benefits of proximity: “That close to one another, and they’re sort of going at each other and the laughter and some of the jabs at one another, it felt way more personal just because of that intimacy.”
From the Green Room: If you are moderating a panel, think carefully about how to structure the format so that it can be most exciting to the audience. Try to arrange the seating so that the panelists can interact with each other, rather than speak only from their isolated silos.