When they work well, panel sessions are the lifeblood of any conference. When bad, they are a disaster.
But what makes a great panel session?
At BBA we prepare a lot of people for panel sessions. The real value comes from good planning. But, if you are heading for a panel session now and want to ensure a performance that will make you stand out, do just these three things:
Focus only on what really matters to this audience and give lots of practical advice. Tell stories and give examples.
Create a debate. Disagree. Have an opinion and argue your corner. Use lines that are quotable.
Sit forward, speak up and talk directly to the audience. Show your passion; make sure every word and every phrase hits home.
If you would like more advice about how to prepare and deliver great conference …
Read entire article »