Does that look sparse? Maybe. But as it went, more came in, and it didn’t feel like as many seats were empty. It’s a wide angle lens illusion. The talk itself was a lot more thoughtful that thought provoking at least to me than most panel discussions I am on. At this point in my life, being on a panel is about giving something to the people who attending to take with them, rather then dazzling them with useless “wow factor” facts and information. It’s always a difficult situation since being on a panel is also being an entertainer. If you’re not telling jokes and getting laughs which are good for a moment but are fleeting, then you have to care and hopefully have enough incite to offer some new thoughts about whatever topic you’re on. Hopefully the audience will understand what you’re talking about.