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Big Presentations in Small Rooms

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Five Places for Small Room Presentations


As you read these words, someone somewhere is pushing back a chair, pushing down fear, and standing up. She is walking up to the front of the room with a message in mind.

She knows her hope.  She has a goal.  She knows that her words move things.  She knows her audience.

Her posture and facial expressions send information before she speaks a word. She pauses. And begins. As she speaks, she guides the attention of an audience toward a specific idea. Like millions of others around the world, she is giving a big presentation in a small room. 

Small-room presentations occur constantly and globally.  The small room contains 3 to 30 people meeting in person. It might be the same number of people meeting virtually.


Here are five common small room presentations:

  1. The meeting room of a non-profit organization where the challenge is to invest resources in ways that meet needs while honoring the time and resources provided by volunteers and donors.
  2. The break room of the city’s streets department where the challenge is to communicate quickly, and effectively because there is often more work than there is time to get it done.
  3. The board room of a large corporation where there is a constant call to beat past goals and increase investor profit.
  4. The boss’s office where the challenge is to offer help without threatening power or wasting time.
  5. The meeting room of the local Chamber of Commerce where the challenge is to propose value to a wide range of needs and desires.
Small Room Presentation in a meeting room.


There is a myriad of small rooms.  Although each setting is unique, there are some commonalities, beginning with the fact that each small room is filled with people.  This is a human endeavor.

Thankfully, there are universal truths that apply across a wide variety of situations. There are things you can do and preparations you can make that will serve you well no matter who your audience is or where they are. In future blogs, we will focus on those truths. We will explore principles that equip you to be a trustworthy source of information, guidance, and inspiration.  

To learn more about the people in your small room presentation, check out 3 Tips for Knowing Your Audience.

For even more information, purchase Big Presentations in Small Rooms.

So… What small rooms have you experienced?

What have you learned from speaking and listening in those rooms?

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