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Once you’ve spoken at few conferences and proven yourself to be a safe pair of hands, you’ll very quickly get called on to participate in a panel discussion. Panel discussions are used by conference organizers to break up a series of talks, bring in experts who may not have time to prepare a talk, and fill in for missing speakers. If you want to raise your profile, it’s always a good idea to let the organizer know that you’re up for participating in, and leading, panel discussions.
No matter how much we prepare, problems happen. Often, the situation is out of our control. We’ve all been there, watching a speaker flap about when the A/V fails. That awkward silence grows to heavy whispers—I know, I’ve been that soldier.
The unexpected can shake the most experienced speakers amongst us. While these mishaps are unavoidable, by building a connection with your audience, you will have them on your side when something goes wrong.
At voxgig, one of our core missions is to drive diversity in speaking and diversity at events. We have a diverse team—60% female, 40% male—hailing from six counties across four continents. I am a signatory to the Diversity Charter. I want to inspire you, too, as a speaker to embrace diversity and all the positive change that comes with it.
(metsitaba is also a startup. Read my weekly diary in the Irish Independent newspaper to follow our story. Warning: radical openness!)