As a panelist in a panel discussion, how do you know you’ve done a good job? What is the ultimate litmus test of panelist success?
Sure, you walk off the stage and you feel good about your “performance.” You answered the questions thoughtfully and concisely, you contributed to an excellent discussion with your fellow panelists, and you believe that you represented yourself and your organization well.
You ALSO believe that the audience derived great value from the session. You and your fellow panelists not only provided key takeaways, but the audience also walked away with some novel information. It was new, fresh, and spontaneous.
But what about YOU? Hopefully, you achieved your objectives for saying “yes” to the panelist invitation. Perhaps you wanted to get comfortable with public speaking, raise your profile, meet other influencers, or reach new customers. All of which is commendable.
The ultimate litmus test of panelist success is if the panelists themselves learn something from each other. Yes, YOU should walk away learning something as well, even if you are an expert in the field. The panelists have an open, curious mind about the topic and are willing to engage in a respectful conversation with diverse points of view so that at the end, each panelist walks away thinking THEY ALSO learned something new.
It’s not just about the audience, but it’s about EVERYONE in the room learning something they didn’t know before! Now that’s a Powerful Panel!
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