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Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire

For years, I’ve tried to understand why going to live theatre and experiencing a performance, usually not an interactive one, is more invigorating than going to a meeting or session at a conference. Meetings and live theatre have so much in common in the areas of seating, delivery and duration.

Seating: Oddly, what I rail against for many meetings is the seating styles. For meetings, straight (rows and rows of chairs facing forward) makes me cringe. When deciding what session to attend at a conference… MORE

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