It definitely matters. You want to be sure that the correct person is sitting in the power seat. At a rectangle top, this would be the ends of the table. For a round table, the most important person creates the power seat and the seat to the immediate right is the next power seat and the one to the immediate left is the next power seat.
The person who is hosting the event should determine where one should be seating . If there are 6 or more, I recommend putting name cards at the table. If you are the host, arrive early and ensure that everything is set up properly. Should you not have time, when being shown to the table, you should follow the host to the table so you can direct everyone where to sit. Take charge!
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