panels of water

I was on a panel yesterday for a campus recruiting event. It was set up the regular way of panel discussions: a long table at the front with chairs for each panel participant. At each spot was a packet, a coffee mug, and a bottle of water.

The water is critical. You talk a lot while on a panel. You need something to drink. But panels can last a long time. And once it’s over, people come up to talk to you. And you want to talk to them. But you’ve just been on this long panel. Drinking all this water.

People are on panels every day. Everywhere. How do they look out over the sea of faces and the masses of hands in the air, signaling more and more questions to come, without wishing they could press pause on the life tivo so they can run to the bathroom?

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