Running a Successful Board Meeting

A successful board meeting is based on an effective plan of action and a responsible follow-up. The more board members feel respected for their time and knowledge and will be willing to participate in the discussion.

Start your meetings on schedule and this will keep everyone on track throughout the meeting.

Consider adopting a consent agenda that can reduce the amount of time wasted by incorporating documents and reports that all participants were charged to review prior to the meeting. This way, you won’t need to spend your meeting time explaining these items.

Encourage board members to participate in a variety of ways even if their views are not compatible. Boards are stronger when there are a variety of opinions regarding a particular issue. This creates innovative solutions that benefit the business.

It’s essential to set specific goals and prioritize plan for every board meeting. This will ensure that the board has a solid plan to achieve its goals and take care of any possible risks.

It is a good idea to schedule a short meeting with directors prior to the board meetings to discuss the main topics of the meeting. This will help build rapport and trust with the directors and give them a the foundation they need to make their decisions. Additionally, you should consider using tools that let you receive feedback from your board members after every meeting. You can do this by using open-ended questions, or a simple polling program. The more information you gather about the board meeting the better you will be able to plan your next meeting.