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Goals for this evening Learn how to lead meetings that get the most from participants We’ll discuss what makes a great meeting, how to plan agendas How to facilitate difficult discussions, stay on track and manage challenging personalities. Meeting options: Roberts Rules of Order, consent agendas, etc. Have some fun and learn from one another
Think about meetings in which you’ve been a participant.
The Meeting Check List Do we really need a “meeting”? Can we achieve our outcome in a more effective and meaningful way? Clearly outline meeting objectives Involve the right people Develop and distribute an agenda Set expectations for participants – no coasting! Actively manage the agenda Prime the group before the meeting Establish a climate that encourages honesty & direct discussions Evaluate and improve
Agendas Include meeting objectives at top of agenda What is the culture we are working to create/ maintain? Reinforce desired behaviors – start and end on time Be deliberate about changes to the agenda Timing – or not? Identify next steps and agreements
Basic Meeting Format Agenda, with pre-determined time blocks Address breaks, food, restroom up front Establishing Ground Rules At the end of the day, we will have X
Ground Rules Post them Clarify norms and expectations Examples Everyone participates Be honest but respectful of all ideas Stay on the subject No side conversations Parking lot How do we deal with difference of opinion? What we have time for, what we don’t What happens in Vegas… “Add your own” (e.g. eye-rolling is counterproductive)
Consent Agenda Item #1: Welcome Item #2: Consent Agenda Minutes of prior meeting Financial report Project status report CEO report Item #3: Discussion Item: Change recommended for XYZ Program Contract to retain HR Counsel Board Meeting Agenda
Nominal Group Process Purpose: allow all participants to feel their voices are heard in setting priorities and making decisions Small groups process, and share main points with large group Large group then processes and prioritizes Can take a long time – check your agenda and monitor accordingly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominal_group_techn ique http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominal_group_techn ique
Criterion Rating 1-5 1 is weaker, 5 is stronger WeightScore Fit with mission 2 Fit with strategic plan/ goals 2 Fit with brand/ image/ identify 2 Return on investment 1 Knowledge/ capability to implement 1 Opportunity cost 1 NEW IDEA SCREENING MATRIX To be used in evaluating new strategies, programs or new revenue-generating opportunities
The Role of the Chair Promote meaningful dialogue Give every member an opportunity to contribute Facilitate not dictate Actively manage the meeting and the agenda
Managing Difficult Participants Position the individual where you can catch their eye and touch them Post ground rules where everyone can see them; remind group of ground rules Meet with the individual outside the meeting
Committees Every committee has a committee charter Train committee chairs Ongoing evaluation No standing committees; set renewal date Update charters at time of renewal Annual work plan Ongoing reporting
Robert’s Rules Common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. http://www.robertsrules.org/
End Result of Your Planning – Great Meetings!!!