Productive Board Meetings

Productive Board Meetings

A focused approach to planning meetings is essential to have productive board meetings. This will ensure that you get the most value from each hour of your meeting. This means staying on course while avoiding rabbit trails as well as other unnecessary detours and also repeating agenda goals if necessary. It is also important to have a timekeeper in place to keep the agenda on track, and a person to take detailed notes to be able to review the notes later.

Distribute all relevant materials and agendas prior to the meeting so that participants can be prepared. This will keep your meeting on the right track and allow you to begin the discussion after everyone is familiar with the basics of the subject.

Reduce the amount of time spent on routine items and reports which can slow down conversations and make attendees bored and disengaged. Instead, focus on discussing strategic issues and other important topics that will drive the company forward.

Identify trends within your routine reports and convert them into action items that the board can tackle during the meeting. This is a good way to energize your board members who will be tasked with solving a specific problem rather than simply responding reports.

Give your board members the chance to share their opinions and ideas during the meeting. This can make them feel appreciated and heard, and could result in the introduction of new ideas that might have otherwise been overlooked.


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