The number of people attending training and the purpose of training should dictate the training room layout. With these two considerations, you will achieve an effective training session that every speaker wants to achieve.
While an excellent speaker will be able to overcome challenges to deliver their presentation, a good training room will help to bring out the best out of the instructor. In the quest for an effective layout, consider these questions:
- Will people be moving around during the course of training?
- Is there a need for interactions?
- Where do you want the centre of attention to be?
Some of the common layouts are:
U-shape/ Round layout
The u-shape layout is popular for training meetings, conferences and workshops. A discussion, meeting or gathering kind of event would be ideal for such setup. This style emphasises teacher-student dialogue. This style is in the shape of the letter U or a full circle. With this layout, the audience faces inwards, facing one another.
Some of the advantages of having such setups are: Audience member will get to interact easily, the presenter will be able to approach audience with ease and engage with them too. Not forgetting, there is a focal point – in the middle. If a simple activity or exhibition is part of the event’s itinerary, this would be the perfect setup.
This layout is best for product launches, sales kick-offs and conferences. As the name suggests, the seating arrangement is like that of a school or lecture hall. There are consecutive straight rows with tables and chairs.
Training that involves a presentation will work well with a classroom layout. This is also perfect for town-hall style training sessions. Some of the benefits for a classroom layout includes A suitable setup for note taking, less distraction as the main view is towards the front of the training room, and a well-spaced area for consumption of light refreshments.
However, such setups are not ideal for certain events, especially for a networking event. The blockage of tables and chairs discourage interaction among participants. This also means that space is being used up.
The theatre layout is ideal for product launches and annual general meetings. This layout is the easiest to implement. It reflects the seating arrangement found in a cinema or a theatre. This type of layout consists of consecutive straight rows.
Some of the advantages of having this type of layout are that it achieves a maximum seating capacity in a training room. The seats are also faced forward towards the front of the training room to encourage focus among participants. It also lessens distractions.
A relaxed layout has many benefits. It will lead to better interactions among training participants. It also facilitates easy communication between the trainer and participants.
To encourage group problem solving and better interaction, a smaller configuration is advisable. This can be six sets of five.