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Chapter V Site Preparation

Before the event begins, the large room in which it will take place must be prepared. This is not a complicated task. It rarely takes more than an hour or two even with very large groups, presuming that the staff at the facility has done the basics, as in providing the appropriate number of chairs along with the necessary tables for the computers and the coffee.

For me, site preparation is not so much about doing things. Although a number of physical things must be taken care of, my main concern is to become comfortable in the space before all the folks arrive. To this end, I will typically show up at least two, and usually three hours before the official start time. My first act is to walk the space and get a ...

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