I am always trolling for great ideas to add more pizzazz to your panel discussion and just stumbled on Erin L. Albert’s blog where she gave 7 Steps to a Unicorian, Utterly Unforgettable Panel Discussion.  My favorite is number 5:

“The organizer of the panel gave the panelists something interesting to wear to mark the occasion — This may seem trite or silly, but trust me, it’s not. It’s probably one of the BEST items for panelists and the audience to have a mental avatar of your panel discussion. They’ll remember it. One example is our purple #Manbassador sashes at our panel discussion on gender parity with HBA Indiana this year. Another panel: at BlogHer where all the women serving on the panel had bright orange boas on. Now, having a wearable avatar does 3 things:

  • It identifies the panelists in a crowd for discussion AFTER the event.
  • It provides the speakers/panelists with a visible symbol of the talk which they can take home and put in their offices, and provide a mental hallmark of the day.
  • It’s GREAT for social media and photos. (Think pink socks.)
  • It endures, long after the event. (Again, think pink socks.)”

Thanks, Erin for sharing your wisdom!

 

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