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Chapter 25. Managing physical culture > Arranging meeting space for a large gro...

Arranging meeting space for a large group

With a large meeting, group members will either all be seated at a large table, or only a few members will be seated at a table, while the rest of the group will be seated as an audience. Generally, it is best to avoid the audience situation whenever possible. This arrangement does not allow for all group members to feel as though they are on equal terms with the individuals sitting at the table and might affect the results of a conversation or negotiation.

If all members of a group are seated at a table, the group leader usually sits at one end of the table. The seats at the ends of the table are considered powerful positions and usually evoke more action and involvement from the people in those seats, regardless of their leadership status. This is an important point to consider if you have an employee that you would like to encourage to take a more active role in meetings.


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