What are the latest trends in meeting rooms and classrooms, and how can audio ensure a positive experience for everyone?  Richard Knott, Senior Manager of Alliances for Global Systems at Shure, joins Nancy Lussier in The Collaboration Space from a Shure Experience Center in London, England. They discuss the on-site experience and why quality audio in the meeting room is essential.


Quality audio can be the biggest differentiator between working from home or in the office.

The latest trends in meeting spaces in the office

As employees come back to the office, companies are still figuring out what they need to do to make meeting spaces more inviting. The technology in those spaces has to be inviting and support a positive meeting experience. 

Collaboration spaces need to be flexible to accommodate groups of different sizes and workstyles, and they should be flexible enough that groups can have different kinds of meetings in them on the same day. 

Flexible meeting rooms are not only necessary in corporate workplaces, but also in government agencies, council chambers, and higher education institutions. 

Technology that can help flexible meeting spaces

The most important technology that you can incorporate into your flexible workplace is high-quality audio. Quality microphones help the far-end participants hear the meeting clearly, which provides a positive experience. And, having a good audio system in your meeting room improves the collaboration experience for in-room participants as well.

Quality audio can be the biggest differentiator between working from home or in the office. In the office, people will most likely not be directly in front of a microphone. This can be problematic for the far-end participants if they cannot clearly hear the speaker.

When updating your meeting spaces, choose technology that works when meeting participants sit or stand away from the microphone. Wireless and array microphones are great options for delivering high-quality audio in flexible, larger spaces. 

At the time everyone was working from home, employees got used to seeing faces on the screen during calls. Today’s flexible meeting spaces need to similarly put the speaker front and center during calls.

Additionally, matching the microphone audio with the camera shots solves the problem of participants being distanced from the camera. A camera control system can help position the camera to point at the speaker and then point to the next speaker. This will create a better experience for far-end participants because they’ll be able to easily identify the speaker and stay engaged in the conversation. 

Create a positive meeting experience with audio technology

Understanding all the ways your meeting spaces are used is the first step toward creating positive meeting experiences for your workers. Next, focus on choosing the best microphones for the space, then place them in the right places to ensure that speech is picked up clearly throughout the room.

If you need help creating or updating your flexible meeting spaces, AVI-SPL can help. Contact us today.