Interactive panels can be a favorite among attendees! It is absolutely worth designing at least one during your week in a space that can accommodate all of your panelists together facing the audience.
Make sure you have a moderator who understands how to guide the conversation, pulls everyone back to the topic of the session, and keeps the flow in motion.
You will need a host for this session as well; someone that can moderate questions before they get to the panelists.
Finding a venue #
Panel discussion style sessions are a great option for restaurant or bar settings as long as you can control the noise in the room. A lot of restaurants will have a private room you can reserve, making it a great option during meals (attendees can order their meal and eat while they listen).
Public libraries, co-working spaces, Chamber of Commerce, and other business support organizations are always great places to talk to about space to hold sessions.
Keep in mind how many panelists you will have and make sure the room can accommodate the seating arrangement as well as the audience being able to hear them. On the flip side, make sure the room isn’t so big that the audience cannot ask questions and interact with the panel.