Effective Meeting Management

Effective Meeting Management (2)

Sometimes life seems like you go from one meeting to another, with a meeting or two on the way. 

This section includes articles Rae has written to improve meeting management. 

Enjoy the articles and feel free to comment. Keep the discussion going.

So you're chairing a committee ... article by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Not another bloody meeting! I am sick and tired of going to meetings! I can’t stay awake. It’s the same thing over and over and over again! We never get anything accomplished! We have a committee for everything!

Have you ever heard these comments before? I bet that you’ve even said them yourself. Well in this article we are going to provide you with some tips & techniques so that nobody says that about your meeting!

Committees have developed a bad reputation over the years. Take this quote by Hendrik Van Loon as an example. He offers a definition of a Committee: “a group which succeeds in getting something done only when it consists of three members, one of whom happens to be sick and the other absent.”

The Meeting Chair in Charge: Tips & Techniques for Effective Meeting Management by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. Are you a leader or a follower? Chances are if you are reading this article you fall into the leader category.

And if you are recognized as a leader, sooner or later you will be asked to chair a meeting or perhaps a longer term commitment to chair a committee. Leadership skill building tends to be cumulative … you build upon previously learned and mastered ones. Unfortunately, far too many people take on a chairing role without any real skills or experience to do so. And we wonder why so many meetings are ineffective and “a waste of time” in the minds of the more cynical and vocal group members?