Imagine you’re about to a seminar. And let’s assume you don’t know how many people are going to turn up. How will you set up the room, for an unknown number of participants?
The answer is incredibly simple, but the wrong move could make the difference between a lively atmosphere or a dull one.
Here’s how you set up the room
Put five chairs right in front of you
I assume that you’re not going to have hundreds of people coming to your seminar (especially when you’re just starting up). Sometimes, even getting ten people is a tricky task. But about five people always turn up, no matter what the weather conditions. Well, set up the room for five people.
When these five people walk in the room, where are they going to sit?
Why in the five seats you’ve allocated for them. And then of course, the sixth person may enter the room. Well, don’t panic. Just get the sixth chair, and place it alongside the five. And if the seventh person enters, you continue placing chairs.
What rookies do (and where they goof up)
They fill the room with twenty five or forty chairs. And people being people act according to their personality. Some of them will plonk themselves in the front row. Some of them will sit at the back. And some in the middle. So suddenly, you’ve got these great yawning gaps all over the place, that you just don’t need.
It then becomes a pain to get the audience to move up front, and what’s more obvious, is that about forty people were called, but just five turned up.
Much better to have five seats and add more as you go along. And if you do get forty people, great! If you get less than six, at least you can have a cozy session after all.
Don’t you agree?