Adventurec123 asked, in the comments section of my ‘Accidental Panelist’ post last week …
“So, looking back at your fears before you were there, how did it go? what did you learn? will you do it again?”
My only fear, when I boiled all ‘em down, was that I would make an ass of myself. I’m an opinionated woman. I reckon that if you want to have any kind of public profile then you need opinions. And lets face it, if we’re serious about this writing gig, then yes, we do want a public profile!
The trick is; know your subject, inside out, back-to-front, upside down, and aroundabout … and then find that sweet spot between coming across as a know-it-all or an invisible wallflower when you deliver your lines. That, and the ability to think on your feet – fast!
I learned that I like being ‘on stage’. Well … it was more like remembering that I like it. In previous lifetimes I’ve been a guitarist in a womens band in the 80’s, and a motivational/personal empowerment speaker for a while after that, (among many other things) both of which require a performance to be delivered and a stage presence that holds the audience’s attention.
Although this wasn’t a ‘live’ performance I was still on stage, and I had a blast!
I will certainly do it again, not only with this festival, which will now become an annual event, but wherever else I think it’s appropriate, both for the event and for me.
I also made some new *Frogs. **waves across the lily-pads**
The only down side was the format. Being a forum didn’t allow for immediate audience feedback, or a swifter flow of input from the panelists. A chat would’ve worked better. On the other hand (which is a total of three hands now) unless the chat is strongly moderated, keeping some semblance of order between multiple panelists is a lot like herding cats!
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without falling through” – Jules Verne, 1828-1905 – Science Fiction Writer
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this” – Sir Terry Pratchett – Science Fiction Writer
(What? You think I could get away with only one cat quote? In this household?)
*Frogs’ – Friends on blogs