Note: There are always last minute changes and tweaks to our programming. So check back often for the latest.
Programming for 2015 will soon open for submissions!!!
BEFORE SUBMITTING A PANEL - Please Read Below - Thanks!
Con Nooga reserves the right to monitor and disqualify any person(s) they feel does not meet the criteria to host a panel. Con Nooga also does not take responsibility for the content of Fan / Individual ran panels - We attempt to monitor content but we can only take the word of the submitter as an expert or professional in any field.
Panel Pitfalls to avoid -
Rambling - Knowledge sometimes hinders the fact that you may give too much information. So have someone moderate you or time answers therefore you can attempt to cover more ground
Off Topic - Tangents can move the panel away from the topic. Stay on topic by having a Presentation or outline will help - Or a moderator.
Public Speaking is a fear and some speakers become nervous. Interact with your crowd as they enter your panel. Small talk prior to the meeting should help you overcome.
Derailed by someone in your Panel. A Moderator can help but if there is not one you can remind the person you are hosting the panel or if they are asking numerous questions - limit questions to all attendees.
Poor Planning - If you are not prepared to put in time to commit and host a good informative panel - Don't even attempt to host a panel!
Don't go over your time limit!!! Respect the clock and time you have and don't hinder the next speaker(s). If all speakers respect this - it makes panels smooth and keeps things organized. YOU can always extend your panel to the hallway or another area for further discussion or make yourself available for more questions outside of the room.
Basic Structure For First Time Panelist -
INTRODUCTION - Introduce yourself - the topic - and some experience or why you are hosting this panel.
CONTENT - Topic that you are presenting. Having an outline of topics will help you stay on track.
QUESTION and ANSWERS - If questions are off topic don't be afraid to be brief or explain your stand on why it is off topic and move along. If you do not know the answer don't be afraid to admit it.
ENDING / CONCLUSION - Tie it all together and possibly make yourself available outside for more discussion. Remember to respect the next Panel Or Seminar Host and end your panel on time or 5 plus minutes early to clear the room.
Just a reminder, we work on Con Nooga all year round. If you'd like to host a panel in 2015, be sure to submit your panel early to get your preferred time slot.