Chapter 3

Mix and Match

Your Moderation Patterns Toolbox


When common, tricky, and sticky situations occur during a user research session, you can draw on a rich set of moderation interaction patterns to help address those situations. This chapter describes each interaction pattern, when that pattern might be appropriate to use, and how to apply it. Patterns discussed include taking responsibility, redirecting the participant, reassuring the participant, taking a break, and ending the session early.


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