Types of meetings 1. Organization meetings (board of directors’ meet, youth clubs). 2. Planning meetings (village planning meeting), 3. Training meetings (rural leaders’ training), 4. Special interest meetings (special meeting about dairying), and 5.Community meetings (community meet for general problems.
Other classifications of meetings 1. General meetings, 2. Lecture, 3. Group discussion, 4. Debate,Debate 5. Symposium, 6. Panel, 7. Forum, 8. Buzz sessions, 9. Workshop, 10. Seminar, 11. Conference, 12.Institute, 13.Syndicate studies, 14. Brain trust or Brain storming.
Planning the meeting PlanPlan the meeting with the representatives of the people for whom it is held. 1. Select the topics, 2. Timing, 3. Place, 4. Speaker and chairman, 5. Publicity and material arrangements.
Consider these factor in planning meetings 1. Size of the audience. 2. Character of the audience. 3. Comfortable physical facilities. 4. Be time conscious, do not overcrowd the programme. 5. Do not allow unrelated announcements and unscheduled speakers to prolong the programme and distract the audience. Subsequently the extension worker has to conduct the meeting following the procedures specified for each type of meeting. The last step is followup. It includes summary preparation, and sending press reports, displays and evaluation.
Conducting the meeting 1. Hold the meeting preferably in a central place having all physical facilities. 2. Preferably the meeting should be held an a days notice during summer / off seasons for light farm work. 3. Be prompt in starting and closing the meeting. 4. Though giving allowance for liberal discussion, focus attention on the purpose of the meeting. 5. Avoid sharp conflicts. 6. Use visual materials if available. 7. Take advantage of group psychology and employ appeals to arose interest and stimulate action.
8. Give recognition to all section and groups participating. 9.Associate local leaders for welcoming the gathering or thanking the participants if not for presiding. 10. Acknowledge services briefly and then indicate the follow up work, if any. 11. Prepare news reports of the meeting and publicise. 12.If possible arrange exhibition and film shows. 13. Distribute relevant folders or pamphlets at the time of break.
Application This meeting could be employed : 1. To introduce the community development programme or any welfare programme. 2. To present the annual programme of extension activities. 3. To enlist people’s participation in community work.
Advantages 1. Large number of people can be reached. 2. Serves as a preparatory stage for other methods. 3. Group psychology can be used in promoting the programme. 4. Reactions of the people to a programme can be assessed. 5.Adoption of practices can be accomplished at low cost.
Limitations 1. Meeting place and facilities are not always adequate 2. Scope for discussion is limited except possibly for few questions and answers 3.Handling the topic becomes difficult because of mixed composition of audience. 4. Circumstances beyond control like faction and weather might reduce the attendance.
Seminar It is one of the most important form of group discussion. The discussion leader introduces the topic to be discussed. Members of the audience discuss the subject to which ready answers are not available. This method has the advantage of pooling together the opinions of a large number of persons. Conference A pooling of experiences and opinions among a group of people who have special qualifications in an area.
Organising seminars and conferences A seminar refers to the discussion in a small group in which the result of original research or advanced study is presented through oral or written reports. It may also be organized for cross-fertilisation of ideas. Generally one person presents a lead paper, incorporating his findings and there is an in-depth discussion on the material presented. The other members are knowledgeable and take active part in the discussion. They closely interact with the lend speaker by expressing their views as seen from their individual angles. The doubts, if any are sought to be clarified by putting specific questions.
The main purpose of a seminar is to share knowledge and to get the view points of equally well informed persons. Another type of meeting is called Conference. The purpose of the conference is as the name indicates to confer with persons having similar interests and also to pool their experiences and opinions. The conference is a closed group discussion. The participants have to register for attending it. Any other person present at the conference is either permitted observer or an invited guest.
Conducting seminars to draw a detailed planplan seminar has an objective, a lead speaker and number of participants. formulate the theme lead speaker and identity select the venue and fix the time and date of the seminar. identify a chairman for each participants well in time either through a circular letter an e-mail or through a brochure with a covering note. structured and should clearly state those for board and lodging if you are inviting participants from other towns and cities.