9 Ways to Stop Your SXSW Panel From Sucking | February 24, 2009
Each year, hundreds of assorted geeks will get the chance to speak on a panel at SXSW, many for the first time. I’ve witnesses some truly inspiring and thought provoking sessions at SXSW. However I’ve also had to sit through my share of turkeys, from the mind numbingly boring to the painfully embarrassing. So here are my top 9 ways to stop your panel sucking.
- Keep your introductions short and sweet. Nobody wants to hear your life story.
- Create drama. Panels suck if everybody agrees, so don’t be afraid to argue.
- Plan your panels in advance. Don’t tell your audience you met for the first time that morning.
- Alternatively keep it spontaneous. Don’t tell your audience about the great discussion you had over breakfast.
- Make your responses snappy. Don’t hog the mic and don’t waffle.
- Don’t try to be be smart, cute or wacky if you’re none of those things.
- Be interesting. Try to entertain and inspire as much as educate.
- Keep the pace going. A good panel will live and die by it’s moderator.
- Audience questions need to be short and to the point. Cut people off if you need to.
As I’m on a panel for the first time this year (I normally do presentations) hopefully I’ll heed my own advice and manage not to suck.
Posted at February 24, 2009 10:53 PM