First Conference Panel: Done

On 20 October 2009 by Jessica

Earlier this year I was asked to moderate a panel about travel blogging at the BlogWorld conference. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and more than once I wished I hadn’t agreed to do it. But now that the conference – and the panel – are history, I’m really pleased I did it.

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel that was intended to be a discussion, so no presentation prep was really necessary, although I did brainstorm with the other people on my panel via email in the months leading up to the session so we’d have an idea of what we wanted to talk about. In the end, it was the fact that the people on the panel were so smart, interesting, and funny that made it go so smoothly, and I felt really fortunate and honored to be involved at all.

With my history of singing in a rock band and teaching Italian, I know that I like “being onstage.” I like the spotlight. So I’m not surprised that I liked being on a stage in front of an audience at a conference. But what continues to surprise me, although I suppose it really shouldn’t, is that I have something to add to conversations like the one we had on the travel blogging panel. After working at [my former company] for 3.5 years, I guess I kind of know what I’m talking about, even though I don’t think like that most of the time.

Since the weekend, I’ve gotten compliments from the other people who were on the panel with me, saying they think I did a good job moderating. Again, I think my job was made much simpler by the quality of the people on the panel with me, but I do think they’re being serious and not just saying nice things – I feel like the panel was received well.

And I’m really proud of that.

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