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Seating Psychology in One-on-One Meetings

Do you know that there is seating psychology at work when you and a co-worker sit down to meet?

When you go into a one-on-one meeting, you need to recognize the psychology behind the seating positions the other person has chosen. So, we’ll go through the psychology behind 5 different one-on-one seating arrangements.

And understanding seating psychology boils down to just two simple principles. So it will be easy for you to understand and remember what the five different one-on-one seating positions mean.

Watching this Video is worth 1 Management Courses CPD Point*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 2.3.1
Program 2: The Manager as Communicator
Course 3: Meetings
Section 1: Attending Meetings

Other Useful Meeting Skills videos include:
– Preparing to Attend a Meeting https://youtu.be/W8caX5tPFLA
– Making an Effective Contribution https://youtu.be/VPhN3R4kOlY
– Structured Response Formats https://youtu.be/SB23yRpGFkE
– Project Presence and Authority https://youtu.be/OPcWMPSA02Y
– Using a Flip Chart https://youtu.be/6Nx9Rqgo_Bs
– Using Projector and Slides Effectively https://youtu.be/fgrD7yTCMcU
– Power in the Meeting Room: Psychology of Seating Positions https://youtu.be/Bh8MnOJ6RQw

You can understand seating psychology in one-on-one meetings as soon as you recognize it is all about two things:
1. Distance
2. Alignment

The closer you are, the more intimate.
The further away you are, the more this represents psychological distance.

The more completely your directions are aligned, the more it represents agreement and co-operation.
The more opposite your alignment, the more this represents disagreement – even conflict.

The five one-on-one seating arrangements we analyze in terms of distance and alignment are:
– Confrontation (hot)
– Confrontation (cool)
– Isolation
– Cooperation (business-like)
– Cooperation (close)

1. Reflect on one-on-one meetings you have attended. How did the layout affect or reinforce the relationship and the mood? How does your understanding of the seating psychology help you interpret those meetings? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. For your next two one-on-one meetings, prepare by thinking about the layout that will be best for the mod you want to create. you want to sit. (2×1 MC CPD Points)
3. After each of those two meetings, reflect on the impact your actual seating positions had. What was the psychological impact of the seating positions? (2×1 MC CPD Points)

Free Resources
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

– How to Speak so People Listen https://geni.us/HSPL

Watch a load of TED talks to see how different people do it, at https://ted.com

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Power in the Meeting Room: Psychology of Seating Positions
Four Special Meeting Types and How to Run Them
Facilitated Meetings: How to Run a Facilitated Meeting
How to Chair Creative Meetings: Tools and Techniques
Chairing Meetings – How to Prevent Group Think
Chairing Meetings – What to Do when Your Meeting Goes Wrong
Chairing Meetings – How to Deal with Challenging Participants
Chairing Meetings – How to Facilitate with Authority
Chairing Meetings – Setting Ground Rules
Chairing Meetings – How to Reduce Meeting Cost
Attending Meetings – Using Flipchart Effectively
Attending Meetings – Using Projector and Slides Effectively
Attending Meetings – Project Presence and Authority
Attending Meetings – Reduce Wasted Meeting Time
Chairing Meetings – Meeting Minutes and Follow-up
Chairing Meetings – How to Close Your Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Managing the Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Housekeeping for your Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Hosting the Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Meeting Discipline
Chairing Meetings – Meetings as Conversations
Chairing Meetings – Planning Your Meeting
Attending Meetings – Structured Response Formats
Attending Meetings – Making an Effective Meeting Contribution
Attending Meetings – Networking and Relationship Building
Attending Meetings – Preparing to Attend a Meeting
Attending Meetings – Are they the Best Use of Your Time?

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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