Training Room Layout

Room Layouts suitable for group training

So you are having a training session or meeting – have you considered what layout would be best for you?

Have you ever had a meeting in a room that was in a different configuration from your usual format?

Was the meeting more or less effective than normal?

This guide can be used when you ‘book’ or hire a training or meeting room. Remember to state the layout and the number of participants required.

Importance of effective room layout

Room layout should not just be set by the number of people required, but by the purpose of the event.

Key factors: –Where is the centre of attention –Do people need to interact with each other? –Do you want people in groups without moving people around?


Lecture Theatre – room layout

Training Room Layout - Lecture Theatre

Advantages – If room is well designed, excellent visibility

Disadvantages – Poor trainer/ participant contact, Back rows should be elevated, University like


U Shape – room layout

Training room layout - U curve

Advantages – Business Like, Trainer can walk into U

Disadvantages – Formal, Front participants having to look at an angle


Seminar/ Amphitheatre – room layout

Seminar/ Amphitheatre

Advantages and disadvantages as Lecture theatre


Herring Bone – room layout

Training Room Layout - Herring Bone

Advantages – Space effective for large numbers, All participants are at a good angle to the front, Trainer can walk down spine

Disadvantages – Several participants hidden by others, Reminiscent of school, Encourages dysfunctioning groups, Relatively poor contact


BoardRoom – room layout

Training Room layout - Boardroom

Advantages - Good for small groups, can see/ interact with others, can share resources, creates equality

Disadvantages – Difficult for some to ‘see the front’,


Circle or ’round’ room layout

Training Room Layouts - circle or in the round

Advantages - Creates Equality, Good for small groups, can see/ interact with others, can share resources

Disadvantages – Formal, participants having to look at an angle


Cabaret, Gala or Bistro – room layout

Training Room Layout - Gala, Bistro or cafe style or Training Room Layout - Gala, Bistro or cafe style

Advantages – Good for larger numbers, Good for group work, Encourages mixing, Trainer can circulate

Disadvantages – Some participants will have poor visibility, May encourage lack of attention, Needs multimadia (PA & mic for best effect)


Summary

When you run your meeting or training event, its not just room layout that is important, its about matching the room layout with the trainers style, the material to be covered and the required outcomes. The room shape and design can make or break an event.


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About Mike Morrison

Mike Morrison is a consultant and change agent specialising in developing skills in senior people to increase organizational performance.
Mike is also founder & director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy.

Comments

  1. Hi Mike,

    My personal favourite is the U Shape. This allows a high level of interaction between facilitator and group.

    My least favourite as a facilitator or a delegate is the herringbone or cabaret as this reminds me of school – not that I disliked school but I prefer to learn on an equal footing rather than teacher pupil.

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