Public Speaking Course:
Room Setup Checklist
Here is a great article from my public speaking course that will show
you how to properly set up the room. There are many items that need to
be checked on to enhance your environment and maximize the message for your audience. Below is a checklist to
assist you in your room setup.
- Your first priority should always safety. Know where all fire exits and
extinguishers are located.
- Make sure you have backup equipment and a backup plan in case of
- Keep room lights at the highest intensity possible during your
presentation unless slides and/or video projection
are being used.
- If room lights are down, put a soft light on the person
- Schedule breaks during program.
- Tape door latches to prevent them from making loud noises.
- Use semi-circular seating if possible.
- Provide hardback writing surface if needed.
- Locate your presentation area as close as you can to front row.
- If seats can't move YOU MOVE!
- Without screen, set to long side of the room.
- With screen, set to short side of the room.
- Avoid long narrow rooms. If you get stuck with one, try to switch rooms if
- Avoid placing chairs next to walls.
- Cut aisles behind poles.
- Set aisles bigger as they get nearer exits.
- Seat for least distraction audience members should not have to cross
more than six others to get to a seat.
- Force the audience to front of room with reserved signs or put out
less chairs than the expected attendance. Stack additional chairs in
back corner of room so they are handy if needed.
- Arrange for a good sound system. Thoroughly check sound system BEFORE
- Check climate. Locate climate controls or know who to call.
- Make sure water and glasses are available.
- Locate restrooms, phones, snackbars, elevators or stairs, and business
- Make sure there are signs posted to direct participants to your room.
you can personalize this checklist for every presentation you do.
The above list is essential to remember from your public speaking
course so that you can do your presentation without worrying of problems
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