You’ve made the transition to in-house practice. You’ve worked
hard and developed an expertise in your practice area and are now
a valuable contributor to your organization. Maybe you’ve even
moved into management and are responsible for directing other legal
professionals. Now you have the chance to build your professional
brand by giving presentations.
Participating on panels of fellow legal professionals is another superb
way to share what you’ve learned, exchange experiences with your peers,
and increase your visibility among your professional contacts. Before
seeking to become a serial panelist, however, you should consider taking
a number of steps to ensure that you are successful in this effort.
■ ■ Do your homework. Panelists should participate
in preparation by circulating materials to ensure
that the focus of the overarching presentation is
consistent. If you tend to get nervous, thorough
preparation can also help instill confidence.
■ ■ Keys to success. The four factors that are crucial to
a successful presentation are: ( 1) connect with your
audience, ( 2) ensure the flow of the presentation,
( 3) keep an even pace, and ( 4) be self-aware.
■ ■ Everything in moderation. The moderator’s role
is to respectfully lead the event by keeping
things moving, managing time, and making
smooth transitions between panelists.
■ ■ Raise your hand. Volunteering and maintaining a
connection with an organization is an essential step
to increasing personal visibility. Help develop panels of
interest, play an active role in presentations, and take
advantage of myriad opportunities presented to you.