- YOUR CLOCK is your best friend. But don’t look at your watch. Be subtle.
- You want to give equal time to your panel – don’t let one panelist take over
- Your job: be gracious and be strong. Major screw up is when your panel takes over!!
- You will want to do some probing with your questions.
- Don’t say “great question” repetitively.
- Give concise introductions of your panelists and share, up front, your goals/desired outcomes for the discussion.
- Don’t pander to one panelist.
- Don’t take over yourself. You are not a panelist.
- Do your homework. Find out what the panelists want to be asked. Find out who your audience is so you can meet their needs.
- Leave about 3 minutes at the end for your conclusion. Summarize, thank your panel, and give your “call to action”.
Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 3 books and President of Speak For Yourself, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.
Read more about Karen here.