Business Seating Guide - Where To Sit In Professional Settings
The business world is full of high-pressure situations, from interviews and presentations to important sales lunches. To succeed, you have to think about every little detail. But even if you’ve researched your interviewer, memorized your lines, brushed your teeth and combed your hair, you’ve probably neglected an important detail: where should you sit?
As you’d probably guess from our name, we spend a lot of our time thinking about seats (and stools). We puzzle over questions from what kinds of chairs are best for powerful but approachable executives (answer: comfy breuer chairs) to what custom tables will be the best fit for your neighborhood pub (answer: it depends on the pub). But even we were surprised by how much your seat can play a role in a successful business outcome.
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So, as it turns out, where you sit during work-related events is a serious business. Choosing the right seat for the occasion can set the tone for your meeting and give the appropriate non-verbal cues. In interviews, sitting directly across from the interviewer(s) helps you maintain eye contact, which conveys confidence and enthusiasm for the position at hand.
Brainstorming sessions work best with a collaborative seating layout that allows conversation to bounce around a small group, while presentation seating should ensure that the audience can easily focus on the presenter or panel that’s on the stage. And when you’re ready to close that big deal? Sitting adjacent to your client in a quiet environment will allow you to really sell him or her on what you’re offering.
Go ahead, seat yourself - and take care of business while you’re at it.