As an expert panelist or during any other interview, you can proactively prepare for cage-rattling questions, recognize the gotcha question, and reframe your response so that you can come out looking like a champ!
Don't default to the traditionalists. You can easily spice up the room by getting rid of that darn long table during your panel discussion. It acts as a barrier between the panelists and the audience. Instead, create a warmer climate with these strategies.