Friday, February 19, 2016

The ideal panelist

Most often when we describe an ideal, we are trying to create a standard of measurement, not a requirement of uniformity. So, let me start by saying the ideal panelist is one who is different from the other panelists. There is no one standard that I expect everyone will conform to, and since no one is being paid, it is unrealistic to expect very much in the way of compliance. This fictional panelist is then, not you, or me, but just a yardstick of sorts.

  • The ideal panelist makes a habit of responding to the Call for Panelists, even if that response is "No."
  • The ideal panelist appears on a panel once every month or two on average (about 5-10 times per year), but some times more often and other times less.  We will need a bigger participating pool for more people to get closer to this.
  • The ideal panelist brings burning questions to the topic at hand, and has had a role in shaping that topic in the topic thread for the episode in question. Familiarity with the topic is necessary, but not expertise. 
  • The ideal panelist isn't much concerned with proving they are right, or making a point, but in advancing the discussion and asking questions.
  • The ideal panelist speaks up, but doesn't try to dominate.
  • The ideal panelist helps out promoting episodes she appears in to her friends and followers on social media and elsewhere.
  • The ideal panelist has read the FAQ, the protocols, and visits the G+ community about once a week, or more often if possible, sometimes posting interesting material to the community.
  • The ideal panelist volunteers to host now and again - maybe 1 to 3 times a year, and executes the host responsibilities competently. 

Just so you know.

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