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Should you have fun on a panel discussion?


Oh my goodness, YES, have fun on a panel discussion! Even though your audience wants to learn something, they are probably hoping to have a bit of fun too!

You do not need permission to “bring fun” to the panel. It is not like a lunchbox where you open the fun up and there it is. The key to having fun on the panel is all about your mindset. If you are having fun, others will have fun with you.

Here are some ideas for you to infuse the panel with fun:

  • Imagine. Visualize that you are having the best, most amazing, awesome, and fun panel discussion.
  • Enjoy the panel experience. Relax, smile, laugh. Enjoy meeting new people, chatting about an interesting topic and even teasing each other in a kindhearted way.
  • Comradery. Meet up and mingle with the moderator and the panelists before the panel to create a bit of rapport among you.
  • Friendly faces. Mingle with the audience beforehand. Get to know a few friendly faces and find out what you have in common.

Even with serious and important topics, the audience will mimic the energy of the people on the stage. While it might not be fun talking about unfunny topics, you can still enjoy being with each other, the process, and the conversation.

In my humble opinion, the world does not need another unfun and boring panel discussion, so bring it on!

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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CSP, CPF|Master has been facilitating meaningful conversations between executives and managers to make better decisions and achieve extraordinary results for 25+ years. She's a leading authority on moderating panel discussions and passionate about finding the perfect olive to complement a vodka martini.
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