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What is the Best Board Room Format?


The most effective boardroom format is the one that works for the size of your group, the meeting subject and desired level interaction. Each layout of a meeting has its advantages and disadvantages and there are a myriad of other factors that impact the success of a workshop or conference.

The classic boardroom layout comprises of a table in the center of the room with seats around it. Most often used for agenda-focused meetings and video conferences that require open discussions, this design can accommodate up to 25 persons. It’s best for groups with an appointed leader who can guide the group and ensure that the session is kept on track.

The classroom layout is similar to a conference room table however, the tables are closer together. It can hold up to 20 people and improves the participants’ view. This layout is more suitable for workshops with smaller groups or group discussions, because the layout of a boardroom can seem too cramped for certain.

Another option that is popular for workshops and presentations that have more people the theater layout includes rows of seats facing the front of the room. This layout places the focus on the audience and makes it easy for speakers to direct their attention towards certain delegates or groups of the crowd. This arrangement may not be as interactive but it can keep the audience focused and engaged during sessions that last longer than an hour.