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The setups and equipment in the conference room should maximize the impact of your program. In your initial planning, choose the setup See BIOS setup and install program.  that will be most conducive con·du·cive  
adj.
Tending to cause or bring about; contributive: working conditions not conducive to productivity. See Synonyms at favorable.
 to your message. Consult with site personnel about the unique aspects of their facilities that can enhance the effectiveness of your events.

There are basic setups with which you should be familiar. Each has its own application and can be adapted to various surroundings, including obstructions.

Conference Style

Best suited for small meetings where close interaction is preferred. Conference style is most effective for small training sessions and committee meetings. The shape can be rectangular rec·tan·gu·lar  
adj.
1. Having the shape of a rectangle.

2. Having one or more right angles.

3. Designating a geometric coordinate system with mutually perpendicular axes.
 or oval.

U-Shape, E-Shape and T-Shape

These seatings are at variations of the conference style setup, where a face-to-face interaction is important but the group is too large for a conference seating. It's also effective to place program leaders and speakers at the cross-points.

Rounds

Generally used for food functions and small discussion groups. In an emergency, they can substitute for classroom seating, with people sitting at one-half of the table facing the head table. Depending on their size, rounds seat between eight and 12 people.

Hollow Square See Square.
(Mil.) a formation of troops in the shape of a square, each side consisting of four or five ranks, and the colors, officers, horses, etc., occupying the middle.

See also: Hollow Square
 

Another version of the conference style. This setup works well for meetings of 30-50 people because it opens up the meeting space, allowing people to see one another. Facilities will sometimes substitute the hollow square for the conference style or vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides.  to accommodate the shape and size of the meeting room to the requirements of your program. Depending on the variety of the meeting equipment, you may adapt the hollow square into a hollow circle or oval.

Classroom Style

Designed for lectures in which people need to take notes, this seating arrangement consists of tables usually six to eight feet long with chairs. Table widths vary by site. Classroom style works well for both large and small groups, and it can be adapted to the shape of the meeting room. For example, if the room is long and narrow, it can be set up in a V-shape or without a center aisle. Talk with the event representative about the shapes and capacities of the meeting room and what works best in each room. If your attendees will be taking notes for long periods of rime, seat two people at a six-foot table or three people at an eight-foot table. The site representative will work with you to maximize your attendees' comfort based on available space.

Theater and Auditorium auditorium

Portion of a theater or hall where an audience sits, as distinct from the stage. The auditorium originated in the theaters of ancient Greece, as a semicircular seating area cut into a hillside.
 Style

Like classroom seating and rounds, this arrangement works well for all sizes of audiences. Because there is little "elbow room elbow room
Noun

sufficient scope to move or to function

Noun 1. elbow room - space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
room, way
," it is most effective for shorter meetings where note taking is not required. The chairs can be moved easily during the program to form small discussion groups.

Keep in mind that when you have an audiovisual See A/V.  presentation or a speaker's podium podium

In architecture, a pedestal on a large scale. It may be any of various elements that form the base of a structure, such as the platform forming the floor and substructure of a Classical temple, a low wall supporting columns, or the structurally or decoratively
, no one should have his or her back to the visual focus of the room. Try to arrange your seating so that all conferees are as close to the speaker as possible.
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