Be on time (beginning and ending). Be fair. Be prepared.
I prepare them (and myself) a week or so before the panel. If possible, I put all of them on a conference call to discuss the panel…this is extrememly important if you work in a fast-paced environment where things change rapidly. It also helps me as a moderator to know all of the latest issues regarding the topic panel that have come out in recent weeks.
Our team prepares a written document for all of the panelists expalining the rules of engagement for the panel. Each moderator is also given a protocol worksheet. This allows the moderator to establish boundaries and adhere to the “rules” during the panel.