Next week I will be the lead facilitator for a national, four-day “Train-the-Trainer” event. While I have facilitated this before, I am deep in prep mode today and reflecting on strategies I have used in the past. Should I keep that strategy? Tweak that idea? What works best for learning?
One of my “keepers” is how I set up my presentation table. In many conference rooms, the table is set parallel to the audience, as in the diagram below.
When the front of the room is set up this way, it is easy for the presenter to get caught behind the table for a significant portion of the day. The table becomes a physical (and psychological) barrier between them and their audience.
I choose to orient my table so that it is perpendicular to the audience, as in the diagram below. I place my device on the very end, assorted materials toward the back of the table, and then stand next to the device when necessary. This allows me to easily enter the audience, moving around fluidly without any barrier between us.
What tips do you have for room set up? I'd love you to share!
More ideas can be found in my book Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Learning.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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