Nothing is more impressive to an individual than walking into a new
command for a presentation and seeing a state-of-the-art presentation theater.
It is especially awesome to have the presentation flawlessly executed.
Few commands are fortunate enough to have a room specifically designated
as a briefing theater. Many commands have conference rooms and
classrooms. In each instance, this is a space set aside for the specific purpose
of teaching, briefing, meeting, or holding mast. This room warrants special
consideration for cleanliness and material condition, as it is sometimes the
frost and only contact someone may have with a command.
A briefing theater, or any room used as a classroom or conference room,
should be quiet both inside and outside. Sound-absorbing material inside the
room lessens equipment noise and voices speaking at enhanced volumes.
Upholstered furniture, drapes, and carpeting all absorb sound to varying
degrees. Prohibit loitering outside the theater and post passageway signs
requesting silence. Noise from outside is distracting to those inside the
theater trying to concentrate on a speaker.
The temperature in the briefing theater should be controllable. Keep the
room cool without coldness. Overly warm temperatures lull the audience
into slumber. Air should circulate regularly and often, particularly if the
theater is full.
Use lighting dramatically in the theater. Light the theater in three distinct
stages: before the presentation, during the presentation, and after the
presentation. Locate lights above the speaker, in front of the screen, over the
audience, and in the back of the room. Locate light switches near exits, on
the podium, and in the projection booth. Light switches maybe on/off
switches or dimmer switches.
BEFORE THE PRESENTATION: Before the presentation begins, turn the
lights on over the audience. Once the audience is seated, the lights over
them go out and the lights behind them, in front of the screen, and over the
speaker go on.
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