How to Conduct a Panel: Lesson from the Oscars
What makes panel discussions so unbearably boring?
For one thing, instead of having to listen to one speech, you end up having to listen to three or four in a row!
This is a shame, because bringing a group of experts together share perspectives on a single topic has the potential to be fascinating – IF the presenters think of the panel as one single presentation rather than four separate ones.
The power of this simple idea was illustrated beautifully by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez in their acceptance speech for Best Song – Let It Go.
What makes this speech so entertaining is not just that it rhymed, but that it felt like one speech rather than two. They worked together. They worked off each other.
From the Green Room: Think of a panel as a single presentation. Encourage the presenters to talk to each other, to react to each other, to work off each other. The result will be a far more engaging and exciting presentation. (No rhyming needed!)