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1 Increasing the Effectiveness of Farm and Family Meetings
Suzann Enzian Knight M.O.E., M.S., CFP University of New Hampshire

2 Purpose Effective communication within farm families decrease conflicts and increase working together toward farm profitability

3 Research Findings Communicating goals and values key to outcomes.
Effective communication is a leading indicator of financial performance. Farmers are considered experiential-social learners

4 Farm Family Challenges
Live and work together Increased stress Diverse goals

5 The Family Glue Relationships Goals of each family member
Quality of Life Issues

6 Let’s Talk About Money Answer questions separately Compare answers
Discuss similarities Discuss differences

7 Communication: A Self-Assessment Exercise
Action Oriented Process Oriented People Oriented Idea Oriented

8 Coping with Other Communication Styles
Action Oriented Person Process Oriented Person People Oriented Person Idea Oriented Person

9 Organizing Family and Farm Meetings
Involvement Facilitator Agenda Discussion Ground Rules Recordkeeping

10 But meetings don’t happen….

11 Communication Do’s and Don’ts
Be specific Don’t just complain Keep to one issue at a time Compromise Forget the past

12 familyfarmfinances.net

13 Contact Information Suzann Enzian Knight, M.O.E., M.S., CFP Family Resource Management Specialist University of New Hampshire 308 Pettee Hall, 55 College Road Durham, NH 03824


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