Making Impressions in Meetings

Making Impressions in Meetings

The meeting room says a lot about you and your company. So it’s important to equip it with the right kind of stuff to give off the impression you want. Even the little things can make all the difference in the messages your boardroom gives. Does your choice of chairs look immature? Does the colour scheme give off a sense of seriousness? Questions such as these need to be addressed in order to make sure that investor feels like your company is worth his money.

Think about the image you want people to have of you and your organization’s brand. An entrepreneur and his new tech startup might have a brightly coloured, but minimalist look for the conference room furniture. On the other hand, an insurance agency might go for a more serious, classic appearance.

Some companies are getting really creative. For example, boardroom tables might double as pool tables with a removable cover. Of course this would not be suitable in most organizations, and are more for those that incorporate leisure activities in the workday. You wouldn’t want your employees slacking off in the boardroom playing air hockey or poker! And it certainly wouldn’t look good to the investor who wants to see that you’re serious about making him some money.

Then there’s the material you use. Once again, what kind of company you have makes all the difference. If you’re a tech company or an ad agency, for example, it might suit you to have chrome finishes, polished silver fittings, and a glass conference table. Whereas if you’re working at say a law firm, your boardroom might have a mahogany or oak wood table and leather chairs.

Another thing to consider is the space you have. You don’t want to have a crowded boardroom, so the room should be spacious and the tables and seating should be arranged accordingly. There should be enough elbow room for everyone. Each foot of table space can be considered a spot for seating. The shape of the table can also be critical when it comes to space and seating. An oval shaped table may be able to seat more people than a rectangular one of the same length, for example.

The colour scheme should also be considered. It might be okay for an ad agency to have multicoloured walls in their boardroom, but it wouldn’t be a good idea for the law firm. If the company product or service has a theme to it, it might be a good idea to paint the room with that colour scheme. This would help to better establish your brand. After all, a lot of the biggest household names are associated with a particular colour, and therefore instantly recognizable.

Creating the right kind of impression in the boardroom can make or break a company. It is therefore of great importance to set the tone with suitable furniture and decoration.