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At the last minute, I got asked to lead a few extra panels at BlogWorld this week. As a result, I needed to structure, chat with and open up a bunch of panels really quickly. I’ve always structured panels I moderate in a similar way, but decided that codifying it for my panelists would both save me time and give them some advanced notice (since some only got this 2 days before the conference!).
Personally, I prefer to lead discussions vs canned presentations. I also prefer to ask the audience where they are at on a subject (show of hands) so we can tailor the discussion to their needs.
With that in mind, here are my rules for panelists (my rules for moderators are simple: provide value to the audience, make the panelists look smart, be entertaining, keep the discussion on track):
1 HOUR PANEL
- 000-005 – welcome & introductions (30 seconds each) & audience polling
- 005-015 – Biggest Mistake & Most Important Win
- 015-025 – Discussion
- 025-035 – Awkward Questions From Jeremy AKA Continuing Discussion
- 035-050 – Audience Q&A
- 050-100 – Wrapup Statements & Thank You
JEREMY’s RULES FOR PANELISTS
- Have fun
- Don’t agree on everything
- This is a DISCUSSION, don’t be too polite
- This is a COMMUNITY, don’t be rude
- Engage the audience, they’re not just relatively pretty faces
- We’re guests, the audience is the star
- Everyone has an opinion. Bring an example or twelve too.
- Be funny. a. Don’t mock midgets (lessons learned the hard way…)
- Ask each other questions, and ask the audience questions.
- DO NOT CONFERENCE SPAM
QUESTIONS FOR PANELISTS
- Are you okay with your short bio (provided earlier)
- Official title, Twitter ID, website
- Is there anything specific you’d like to cover
- Is there anything specific you DON’T want to cover/to avoid
- Is there a rumour about another panelist I should know about?
I’d love your feedback on this, especially as I’m leading a bunch of discussions with this structure!