I was recently in the audience supporting a friend’s participation in a panel discussion about a new online feature. On this expert panel were two women and one man. So far, this is a pretty boring post but there are three important, and I mean important things to note in this story:
- Panel discussions often require a panelist to sit on a stool slightly raised above the audience’s eye-level so that everyone can see the panelists. So far, not a problem move on to #2.
- Two of the panelists were women. Again, no big deal, move on to #3.
- One of the women was wearing a fashionably short dress. This is a problem (see #1)!
Here’s a bit of advice on being a modern, professional woman that no one ever teaches you:
Three Rules For What To Wear While Sitting On An Expert Panel
- Before you decide to wear a skirt/dress to your next panel discussion, be sure to consider what you might be asked to sit on, how you might have to sit, and how short your skirt can be.
- If you are not sure, or have any concerns, just wear pants.
- If you find yourself on an emergency expert panel and are wearing a short skirt (emergency panels could happen), then sit with your legs locked together and turn elegantly to the side while facing the audience. You may get tired but it’s better than giving everyone a show and bruising your expert reputation.
Want more sitting tips?
- How to Sit Like a Lady
- How to Get Out of The Car Without Showing Your Undergarments (particularly like this bit “Even if you’re careful, you might end up showing a glimpse of your underwear. Make sure they’re flattering just in case.”)
- And a vintage “How to Sit”