Run Effective Meetings

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How to Run
an Effective
Meeting
Office of Student Activities & Involvement
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Meeting Basics
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No meeting should ever last longer than one hour.
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Only meet if there is a purpose
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Never start a meeting without knowing how it will end
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Send out an agenda prior to a meeting
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Begin meetings on time
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Before the Meeting
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Define the purpose of the meeting.
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Develop an agenda with officers.
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Distribute the agenda, background materials, and lengthy
documents prior to the meeting.
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Choose an appropriate meeting time.
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Use visual aids (write the agenda so that all can see).
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Sample Agenda
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Call to order
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Reading and approval of minutes
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Reports of officers and standing committees
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New/Unfinished business
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Announcements
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Adjournment
Officers should turn reports in ahead of time and not repeat
something that is
already in the agenda during the meeting.
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During the Meeting
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Start on time. End on time.
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Review the agenda and set priorities for the meeting.
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Encourage group discussion to get all points of view.
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Keep conversation focused on the topic.
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Keep minutes for future reference in case a problem arises.
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Be a role model by listening and showing interest, appreciation
and confidence in members.
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End meeting on a positive note.
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Set date, time, and place for next meeting.
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After the Meeting
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Write up and distribute minutes within 24 hours.
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Discuss any problems during the meeting with officers; come
up with ways to improve.
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Follow up on delegation decisions.
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Check to see that members understand and carry out
responsibilities.
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Give recognition and appreciation to excellent and timely
progress.
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Put unfinished business on the agenda for the next meeting.
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Conduct a periodic evaluation of the meeting.
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Conclusion
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The size of an organization, the officer structure, and agenda
can all affect which method is best for a group to conduct its
meetings.
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Take the time to work with other organization officers and
members to find out what works best for your group.
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Don’t be afraid to try different methods of running meetings. It
may take experimentation to find the best one for your student
organization.
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Contact Information
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Office of Student Activities & Involvement
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285 Warren Service Drive
MSC 3501
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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(540) 568-8157
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[email protected]
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www.info.jmu.edu/osai
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