The webinar earlier in the week had fully prepped and briefed us, meaning we hit the ground running on the day.

The morning focused on projective techniques and active listening/interviewing tasks, while in the afternoon we got to get our ‘hands dirty’, with a chance for everyone to moderate and get personalised feedback.

There were researchers with a range of experience and reasons for being there. For some it was the first experience of moderating, for others an opportunity to practice new techniques in a safe and supportive environment. Getting the opportunity to be a respondent was something new to most of us, and to be honest, just as valuable as getting to practice moderating.

I came away from the day with some ideas and inspiration of how to get more out of my respondents in the future, a clear direction in the areas of my moderation I want to focus on, but also and most importantly, confidence in my moderating abilities.

All in all, it was a productive and inspiring day, which was seamlessly organised, planned and delivered by six brilliant tutors, and my moderation skills will benefit massively from it. I recommend you book up quickly for the next one!