Have you seen the Walmart Easter TV commercial on “seating arrangements?” The hostess seats her vegetarian sister away from the ham; gluten guests away from the rolls; and kids in front of the vegetables in hopes that they’ll eat them! It’s a funny reminder that seating arrangements are important for creating memorable experiences!
Below are three seating strategies for a Gala dinner … fresh from seating 500 sponsors, ambassadors and (former) members of congress at the Mellon Auditorium 2 weeks ago:
#1. Seat emcees, speakers and honorees close to the stage to expedite the program and minimize dead time.
#2. Seat top sponsors at front and center tables. Seat remaining sponsors by level; highest to lowest, front to back.
#3. Seat special guests according to interests – keeping in mind professional, political, cultural and sometimes, religious affiliations. For example, we placed a congressman with interests in Asia with the Japanese sponsor. Talk about improved foreign relations!!
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