How to Run an Effective Open Meeting
Community Board Meetings can be challenging in terms of overcoming logistics. As always, the key is time invested in preparation and organization. Please consider the “professional meeting skill tips” provided below that might assist your Community in conducting a successful Open Meeting.
Keep your agenda limited to the business at hand, small items that are easily accomplished first, controversial or complex issues next.
4. CONDUCT OF THE MEETING
Dissemination of information: handouts at the door.
Logistics: A lens has a focal point. Holding a meeting with the audience in a curvature plane that focuses on the President and board achieves an end result: keep eyes forward!
Behavior: The President obviously needs to be strong enough to take control and to have exercised some ground rules for which all board members are aware of and abide.
Public Input: Opinions are spoken, understood and taken into account. Motions are made after Board and public input.