Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5 Types of Workshop Seating Arrangements with CECC, Bangsar South

Ever sat through a workshop or a presentation and found yourself craning your neck for the best view? That's because the seating arrangement isn't suited for the workshop format. Conducting a workshop or a class isn't as easy as just putting rows of chairs and tables together. You need to start to think about the room layout and in particular the seating style for your audience. 

Whether you are setting up a business presentation, training classroom, hosting a full scale gala dinner or product launch, the arrangement of the seating can make all the difference. You have invited your audience to communicate a message, so it’s important that your audience is seated in the best way to achieve the maximum impact for your message!
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Here are five most popular seating styles for different events.

1. Classroom 
This style reflects the seating found in a school or lecture theatre, with chairs and trestle tables aligned in consecutive straight rows.


Pros
- All of the seats are facing forwards towards the front of the function room.
- Allows for note taking and consumption of plated food and beverage.

Cons
- Again the audience is closed in, making it difficult for audience members to enter or exit
- Aisles are required to ensure sufficient access to seating area.
- Seating capacity is reduced by the trestle tables. .
- Audience is less likely to interact as they are not facing each other.
Ideal for training, conferences, sales kick-offs and product launches.

2. Theatre

This is the simplest style, reflecting the seating found in a theatre or cinema with chairs aligned in consecutive straight rows.

Pros
- All of the seats are facing forwards towards the front of the function room.
- Maximum seated capacity is achieved for the function room.

Cons
- The audience is closed in, needing to push past other audience members to enter/exit the seating area.
- Aisles are required to ensure sufficient access to seating area.
- There is no provision for note taking or consumption of plated food and beverage.
- Audience interaction is hindered as audience members don't face each other.

Popular for meetings, Annual General Meetings, product launches

3. U Shape

As the name suggests this style is in the shape of the letter U, with the tables & chairs arranged in an open ended configuration with the audience facing inwards.

Pros:
- The open end allows for a focal point or presentation area.
- Allows presenter to approach and engage with each audience members.
- Audience interaction is enhanced, with audience members facing each other.

Cons:
- Inefficient use of floor space, with seating capacity reduced..
- A large proportion of the audience are seated side-on to the presentation area.

Suitable for training, conferences, workshops, meetings

4. Banquet
This style is similar to a round dinner table, with the audience seated around the circumference facing inwards.

Pros: 
- Audience interaction fully enhanced, with audience members all facing each other

Cons:
- The audience is closed in, needing to push past other audience members to enter/exit the seating area

Popular for gala dinners, awards night, Christmas parties, weddings and other informal events.

5. Cabaret
This style is similar to Banquet style, however there is an open end, with the audience seated in an arc facing forwards.

Pros:
- The open end allows for a focal point or presentation area.

Cons:
- Inefficient use of floor space, with seating capacity reduced.

Popular with meetings such as training sessions, awards nights and gala dinners.

Now where can you get a venue to suit these different needs? 

If you're looking for a place to host an event or a workshop and is uncertain of what meets your needs, then consider the newly rebranded Connexion Conference and Event Centre in Bangsar South.

Building on the success of the first phase launched in 2014, this expansion at The Vertical Bangsar South allows the Connexion Conference and Event Centre (CCEC) to offer a total of over 200,000 square feet in event space, Apart from a wide variety of space options, the CCEC also features a dynamic event planning team and brand new, state-of-art facilities built to fulfil the demand for a central venue suitable for all kinds of activities including business, social and leisure. With its central location between Bangsar, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petaling Jaya, the CCEC has wide appeal. 

The capacity of the Connexion Conference and Event Centre is as follows:

Ballrooms

The impressive five ballrooms encompasses three ballrooms at Nexus and two ballrooms at The Vertical, ranging from 250 to over 500 in seating capacity each, and can also be combined - ideal for weddings, annual dinners and award presentations. 
The Grand Nexus ballroom at Nexus has a capacity of 2,100 while the Grand Summit ballroom at The Vertical seats up to 1,000, making CCEC a perfect venue for business events and social functions, from intimate parties to a grander scale of weddings, corporate dinners and award events.


Function Rooms
A remarkable choice of fifteen function rooms spread across Nexus and The Vertical offers solutions for events of specific requirements and sizes, such as corporate meetings, seminars, workshops and team building exercises. 
Each function room features modern facilities, while at Nexus, the four individual function rooms can be joined to create a larger space when combined.

Auditorium
The state-of-the-art auditorium, located in Nexus, seats 298 and comes complete with a first-class AV system and a stylish three-tier seating arrangement, making it ideal for concerts, launches and movie screenings.

Banquet Hall
The Zenith banquet hall with floor to ceiling glass windows caters for over 180 guests and is ideal for weddings, annual dinners and live shows alike. This impressive curved design layout is also a perfect ambience for an intimate walk down the aisle and it is complemented by world class catering, event planning and audio visual offerings.

Gazebo


Intimate gatherings and cocktail receptions find a home at CCEC’s very own Gazebo, a sophisticated outdoor venue which seats up to 20 people in a verdant and peaceful setting complete with water features and a beautifully designed landscaped garden.


VIP rooms
CCEC’s three VIP rooms provide the ambiance and perfect setting to gather your most honoured guests prior to your function or event. The facility provides a relaxed atmosphere with sofas and a lounge-style finishing touch.

Concierge
CCEC’s on-site business centre ensures that you never need to leave the office. Telephones, fax machines, computers, copiers and stationery are available to meet your every business need. 

For more information on CECC event space, please visit www.connexioncec.com 

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