I noticed it the minute I walked into the space. There was a post right smack-dab in the middle of the room.
Something inside warned me that this was going to be a problem. On the other hand, it wasn’t like I could move it. Oh well, no room is perfect. I’ve worked around plenty of obstacles in the thousands of sessions I’ve led. This one would be no different.
Unfortunately there was one additional variable I hadn’t noticed. The projector was set up in front the post. This was important because nobody was sitting directly behind it. If I stood right in front, I could see everyone, and they all could see me.
Except I couldn’t stand in front because of the darn projector. Instead I stood to one side of the beam or the other. In each case, one of the participants disappeared from view.
I hadn’t thought it was going to be a big deal. It kind of was. It threw me off my game.
When I noticed it, I should have went into problem-solving mode. It’s true I couldn’t move the post, but I could change the chairs and the projector locations. Too bad I didn’t.
It’s a mistake I don’t plan to make again.