I’m sitting on a panel tomorrow for Inbox Awesome. Consequently, I’m spending some time today (better late than never ;) to learn how I can make the most of the experience. Here’s what turned up in my research that looked worthwhile:
- Scott Kirsner, a tech journalist and frequent conference panel moderator, published a great list of things that panel moderators and organizers should be doing to ensure great sessions.
- VC Mark Suster wrote a post about how to make the most of a panel as a panelist. Some combination of disagreeing with fellow panelists (occasionally) and not tooting your company’s own horn (too much) seems to be his recipe for success.
- The Hubspot Blog had some content on this topic as well. Here are 10 tips they came up with to help panelists make the most of their panel experience. Big takeaway: Don’t go in cold. Prepare some talking points and be sure to hit as many as you can.
- Toastmasters has some curriculum focused on public relations which I’ve started to work through via my local Toastmasters club here in New York City.
What else should I be doing to make the most of the panel experience? Let me know in the comments.