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I’ve never been asked to speak on a panel, but I would like to do that. How can I get noticed for such an opportunity?

Q: I’ve never been asked to speak on a panel, but I would like to do that. How can I get noticed for such an opportunity?

A: Why wait to get noticed? Call your local Bar Association, ask for the name of the Chairs of the Committee(s) most closely aligned with your practice (if you are not already on them), and send an email letting them know you would like to participate as a speaker in a coming program; ask as well if there is anyone else on the Committee you should contact in that regard.

Also, if there is a series in your field, contact the series moderator and offer your interest in being a speaker…perhaps suggesting a topic or two on which you would particularly like to contribute your expertise.

Talk to a more senior colleague in your office or organization who does speak publicly, and express your interest in presenting at a program. Perhaps consider offering your help with the written materials for their next talk, as a way to get your foot in the door.

Good things may come to those who wait. But they likely come sooner to those who step up and make their career what they want it to be.