MAKE YOUR PROGRAM A SNUGGLE BUNNY OF WARMTH.
With many years on the speaking circuit, I can personally tell you that one thing that can kill the synergy of an event, is a poor room set-up. When the seating is too much or arranged in an odd, unfriendly way, you are going to be faced with an adversarial audience. As good as I am, it is tough to get the crowd warmed up and on my side when their subconscious thoughts are on their "uncomfortableness" of the enviroment. When the room set-up encourages audience and speaker contact, the event becomes more personal to all in attendance. I have provided several venue layouts of rooms for both keynotes and workshops, based upon space allotment. Please consult with your space provider on which of the more positive choices they will agree to, that will also work for you.