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.
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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:
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)
– 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)
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