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Room Layout for Meetings

The way a room is laid out can make a major difference in the effectiveness of a meeting and your presentation. When you are leading a small meeting and are using a round or rectangular table, position yourself opposite the entrance so that the participants are facing you and have their backs to latecomers and other interruptions. This is the “power position,” where you can visually control the whole room.

If you are a participant in a meeting, the power position for you is close to and facing the leader so that you are able to make eye contact with the most important person. In this position, you are also able to see the entire room and the entrance. Go to the meeting early so that you can be sure to get one ...

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