Last week I was asked which were the most powerful seats to sit in during a meeting.
To the uninitiated they will just take any available seat. If you, however, want to be heard, make a difference or align yourself with someone, then where you sit is extremely important.
First things first.
The seat immediately facing the door is The Most Powerful. This is generally at the head of the table, but you may also see this seat as the seat in the middle of the table. It would coincide with the middle of ‘less impact’ seats in the above image. This is for a very large meeting though.
The second most important seat. That which will be taken by the VP, client or guest, is the seat directly opposite the most important seat.
Now proximity comes into play. The person to the left of the most important person will be their number one man and their number two person is to the right. It kind of continues on in that pattern as you get more distance. The guest will also have their support people sitting closest to them. The further you are from the main decision makers, the less important you are. So this is a great place to put yourself as you are learning the ropes, or you have nothing of real importance to say. If you want to get in on the action. Position yourself as close as possible to the most important person and you will find the closer you are the better you are heard. Not just practically by professionally as well.
If you want to get in on the action. Position yourself as close as possible to the most important person and you will find the closer you are the better you are heard. Not just practically by professionally as well.