How to Distinguish Yourself in a Panel Discussion

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Be a Standout Panelist

You’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion. Congratulations! That automatically designates you as a subject matter expert. Serving as a panelist is good exposure for you and your company. The panel could pair you with other experts you’ve been angling to meet and will enhance your personal brand.

Pre-Planning

Some panelists just show up and wing it. They’re the ones who ramble on and on, ignore the other panelists and aren’t prepared for the inevitable questions from the audience. Those panelists …Read more…

What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion?

By Denise Restauri, Founder & CEO, GirlQuake

All moderators should repeat this: “This is not about me. I am not the star.”

Denise Restauri is a panel discussion moderator

Denise Restauri

If you’re a moderator, you need to take all thoughts about “you,” dump them in an imaginary box and toss the box. If you want to be the star, switch seats and be a panelist.

You were asked to be the moderator because you are an expert, so be an expert moderator by shining the spotlight where it belongs – on the panelists. Make them look smart and you’ll look smart. A great moderator should speak 10 percent of the time — the rest of the time is for the panelists and the audience.

Let The Audience In

Engage the audience. Make the audience want more because the conversation is lively, the content is informative, and they’re a part of the conversation. …Read more…