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Most panels, in-person or virtual, are not done very well. A panel should be a stimulating conversation between individuals who bring passion and different insights on the topic. The audience can become engaged and join the conversation.

Unfortunately, that scenario doesn’t happen often enough. Instead, the panel looks like 4-5 speakers taking turns with the mic, responding to the same soft question down the line.

Here’s the good news — you can still stand out and bring the audience value if you put your heart into the preparation and these seven ideas:

1.) Reach out to your moderator.

Ask the moderator of the panel for a list of questions and find out everything you can about how they plan to run the session. For example, will they call on specific people to answer particular questions, or will everyone take a run at the same question?


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