A great board meeting can be a key piece to the success of your company. Many companies fall into the trap of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” thinking when they hold their board meetings. This can result in ineffective meetings that are boring and don’t yield results for an organization. This article will offer tips for running a an engaging and productive board meeting that benefits your business.
Set the tone for the beginning and close of your board meeting. A strong opening and a strong closing can set the tone for the meeting, creating an atmosphere of cohesion among board members. A different venue (a restaurant or a website, for example) will also help bring the discussion to life.
Limit the number of important subjects to be discussed at the same time. This helps keep the meeting focused on the most important to the company.
Use a polling app or survey to assess the productivity of a meeting. This will allow you to identify who is taking up too much space and who aren’t speaking up enough. You can reroute the conversation once you are aware of who is talking too much.
Allow for discussion of items that aren’t scheduled for discussion, however, be sure to follow up. This will allow your board members to be engaged and also ensure that the main points of the meeting aren’t distracted by irrelevant tangents.