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Room Temperature

The room should be as cool as possible (without being uncom-
fortable) so that no one is likely to fall asleep. During the
summer, adequate air conditioning is essential or you will
sweat buckets! The room will become warmer once everyone


Arrange the chairs in advance into the fewest possible rows
(see page 175) to suit your needs. Have soft chairs, but not too
comfortable or participants will fall asleep! Most members of
audiences tend to sit in the rows farthest back from the
presenter, leaving the front seats vacant.
     Mark the back rows with "reserved" signs, so that no one
will sit there. As the room fills, you can remove the signs.
Another idea is to put out fewer chairs than you will need,
leaving the rest stacked at the back to be used as required.
     It is important to have all audience members comfortably
seated before you are introduced. The main thing to remember
is that you want everyone situated so as to best hear and see
your presentation. If you speak in a board room and know the
names of the attendees, you might wish to pre-assign seating.
It is better to position participants so they meet new people.
     Arranged seating also reduces idle chatter. If your com-
pany’s President or some other important business leader is
expected to attend, plan to position them near the front where
everyone, including you, can see their reaction to what you say.
If the boss likes it, they will like it too!
     For presentations involving note taking, you may want to
furnish the audience with a writing surface where they can
spread out notes, handouts, briefcases, etc. Each person should
have a table space approximately 2.5 to 3 feet wide. You might

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