Community Councils that hold effective meetings provide the most benefit for their students and community. Each monthly meeting provides only a short amount of time for counsel members to accomplish many important tasks. The following suggestions will help councils to make the most of their meetings:
- Respect others in verbal and non-verbal communication
- Participate in the “big” conversation, rather than side conversations
- Be recognized by the Chair before addressing the group
- Meetings should begin on time, use time wisely and finish on time.
- Remain focused on the agenda during meetings.
- Avoid disruption by silencing cell phones and taking necessary calls out of the room during meetings.
- Come prepared to participate in the discussion.
- If a guest or SCC member brings up business that is not on the agenda, it may be heard & discussed, but no decisions made until it is properly noticed on an agenda.
The resources linked below will help save time by providing a framework for effective meetings. Effective meetings are facilitated by adequate planning, and council members’ commitment to written procedures.