October 14, 2003 - 6:18 pm 5 Comments

What the hell was I thinking when I accepted as moderator of a panel? I’ve never even seen a panel before, except for the La Leche League conference last year. I’m way too fat to do this, people are going to be looking at me and wishing they didn’t have to. 90% of the time the things I thought were clever witticisms fall flat. I’m not one of the cool kids. I don’t have anything to wear and if I go and buy something it will be completely wrong and I will stick out like a sore thumb. I can barely keep myself together, how in the hell did I think I could keep a panel together?

I suck I suck I suck I suck isuckisuckisuckisuckisuck.

5 Responses to “Auuuuuuuuugh”

  1. JenBen Says:

    and does all this negative thinking make you feel better? No! So just cut it out!

  2. Addlepated Says:

    Yes, ma’am.

  3. Rune Says:

    These thoughts have been skirting the edges of my mind the last couple days as well. I haven’t got any questions ready yet, too.

  4. badgerbag Says:

    just outline a few points you want to get in, and then start by offering a definition of something (which you can lift right out of a dictionary) or an anecdote with one question. then ask them all to respond to it. “definition” trick is a useful one as a point of departure. index card as a cheat sheet for your main points or questions. If you actually plan on giving any kind of introductory speech, write it out not in sentences but as an outline, then practice it into a tape recorder and time it. 5-10 minutes max. also if you get familiar with the work /thoughts of people on the panel, that is also good because you can say “I noticed X about your X ” or whatever . it makes people happy and excited…

  5. Rune Says:

    Here’s some info that might help: &