Panel discussions are a great way for experts and featured guests to share their knowledge both with your audience and each other. But what if the standard straight line of seminar tables and tabletop microphones just seems a bit too formal for the occasion?
Try using some couches or soft chairs instead. Place them on a riser or stage in an arc facing the audience, and use lavalier or wireless handheld microphones rather than tabletops or stand-ups. Floral arrangements and candles help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere as well. Just remember to keep arrangements small and short, so that they don’t block your speakers’ faces or distract the audience.
For more ideas and solutions to your meeting challenges, contact UCLA Conference & Catering Services.
“Women, Wealth, and Wisdom” at UCLA’s Covel Commons, May 2010