We had the pleasure of presenting at Canada’s largest fitness conference, Canfitpro this summer. We designed a remixed experience of the classic panelist presentation format by rotating moderators. The intent was to showcase the value of the moderator role, and their ability to answer, ask, and hold space for audience and fellow presenters. Our theme was ‘Time and Space’. (Top) Tyler Sammy, Julian Ho, Paluna Santamaria (missing from photo). (Bottom) William Greenblatt, Lauren Howe, Cecily Milne, Nsuani Baffoe.

We had the pleasure of presenting at Canada’s largest fitness conference, Canfitpro this summer. We designed a remixed experience of the classic panelist presentation format by rotating moderators. The intent was to showcase the value of the moderator role, and their ability to answer, ask, and hold space for audience and fellow presenters. Our theme was ‘Time and Space’. (Top) Tyler Sammy, Julian Ho, Paluna Santamaria (missing from photo). (Bottom) William Greenblatt, Lauren Howe, Cecily Milne, Nsuani Baffoe.

Our Presentation Theme of Time and Space.
Our presenters spoke on the ups and downs of their personal/professional life with pinnacle moments of the past, present, future. They framed their pinnacle moments spatially, and spoke on how they have rippled out locally, nationally, and internationally. The uniqueness of this 'panelist' experience comes from the rotating moderator model. Our intent was to showcase the value of the moderator, and their ability to answer, ask, and hold space for audience and fellow presenters. We wanted to emphasize that asking the question can be a demonstration of its power over answering the question. Tyler Sammy catered his answers towards Technology & the Future of Educational Vehicles, Lauren Howe; Public Figure'ing & Managing Identity, Paluna Santamaria; Beyond Movement Polymathy, Nsuani Baffoe; Neo-Leadership & Emotional Intelligence, William Greenblatt; Conscious Communication, Cecily Milne; Integrative Movement Practice and Preventive Healthcare. (Click their bolded names to learn more about them).

2.0 Questions

  • Can you describe a way that future technologies might be able to help you achieve a goal or dream that currently seems too difficult or out of reach?

  • Considering how the concepts of time and space continue to evolve in today's day and age, can you talk about how the ripple effects of your work have surprised you in terms of reach/impact? If you have a specific example like someone who reached out to you to tell you how you've helped them, maybe you never even met them before, etc. Anything that demonstrates the power of connection, even when we aren't fully aware of all the ways we're able to reach others.

  • Was there a teacher who helped shape the early years of your career and what is the lesson they taught you that still resonates with you?

  • If the business, movement, initiative, you are creating was to hit critical mass (the point where popularity starts to explode) tomorrow, would you have a team in place to maintain? What relationship decisions do you have to address today to be ready for tomorrow?

  • What is your life motto?

  • Taking stock of the spaces we practice in, how has that influenced you and your brand?

  • Preventative healthcare – it can feel overwhelming with the amount of different components of “health” required today, especially with social influencers. What have you felt is critical when it comes to preventative healthcare and how to avoid further issues?

  • To Will, as an actor, you have been trained to have heightened communication skills (i.e. minor nuances, being present). What do you feel is something that all non-actors could learn from your experiences?

  • To Paluna, you balance “opposite worlds” of fitness between yoga/pilates and kettlebell/ weightlifting. Are there ever stereotypes that you hear often that you want aim to dispel?

  • “Identity” today is often represented through people’s first impressions when they find us on social media. What caught my attention about the way you portray yourself on social media is that you can be ANYTHING – the strong bad-ass yet the insanely flexible and talented dancer, empowered and thoughtful posts on empowerment in combination with beautiful feminine poses/shots. How do you approach managing your identity online?

  • How can technology be integrated with the philosophy of mindfulness and being present? How can people who are or feel like minorities in certain fields or workplaces, like women in STEM, navigate the way they communicate with the group? Blending in, staying true to themselves, etc?

  • As a coach who works with a variety of fitness professionals, I notice a lot of stiffness and tension in the body language of my clients during presentations. Is there a way through exercise or movement to develop more fluid movement and less tension?

  • As a leader, what role does understanding different personality types play for you?

  • How have you found ways of describing principles that some may consider “New Age-y” or mystical, like yogic philosophies for example, in a manner that anyone can understand?

3.0 Questions

Below are some pre-designed questions that founder Julian Ho and a newly forming ‘3.0’ team of community leaders had brainstormed, along with the design of the remixed panelist format.

1. What does 2.0 mean to you?
2. How is space influencing your work? (Gym, studio, classroom, community space?)
3. Tell us about your community and what it is currently working to solve.
4. What will be your biggest failure in the near future?
5. Describe yourself 10 years from now as it relates to 10 years ago?
6. What are you doing on the international stage and how can it help locally?
7. What personal problems are currently affecting your professionalism?
8. How are your products and services currently adjusting and adapting for constantly evolving gender norms, stereotypes, and special populations?
9. What is one wellness practice that has stayed with you from the start of your career until now?
10. Identity: (Fill in the blanks) "Because I'm _____, people think I'm _______, but actually I'm ______."

Julian’s Final Questions to Presenters

  • To Lauren: How can we better curate our own relatability to better connect? (with the intention of elevated engagement)

  • To William: How can you be more aware of your Non verbal communication? 

  • To Cecily: Who are you beyond what you do?

  • To Tyler: What tools are you using to better connect with the people and the world around you? And how are you educating yourself and others on how to optimize their usage?

  • To Nsuani: How can your decisions always manifest a win-win-win for the I -we-all?

  • To Paluna: What are you physically/emotionally/mentally holding onto? What can you let go of? How can you move forward by honouring the past while celebrating the present?

  • To all: What kind of athlete are you off the ball? Who are you when you are not in the spotlight? Can we share more of that version of you?