As a Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, I have spoken at many functions. The one thing I have consistently noted, especially in business conferences and sales organizations – almost without exception the top business/sales people are seated at or very close to the front, depending on their vision and the angle of the seats.
Those people who already “know it all” or feel that they do, or those people who think “I’ve heard it all before,” will invariably arrive late or at the last moment. They’ll take those seats at the back and are also the ones most likely to squirm in their seats, leave early or talk to the person next to them.
Conclusion? Front-row people by and large come to educational or inspirational meetings with great expectations. They come with an open mind, prepared to learn and take notes.
A study at Harvard University revealed that people get the most out of meetings when they
1. Come with the expectation of getting great ideas
2. Take good notes
3. Talk with colleagues about what they learned and
4. Compare notes.
In short, these people are winners because they plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. That’s a good approach to life in general, don’t you think?
Try arriving early and sit at the front for the next meeting, workshop or conference event. You never know what you’ll learn!