|One simple tip for improving your meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 09:07:13 -0500|
I did an exit poll of sorts about three months ago of 6 people who had formed a group to explore cohousing, then abandoned the idea. I thought it was interesting that although they all had different reasons for bailing, every one shared one common reason: The group was so disorganized that they could not imagine spending hours and hours and hours trying to get anything done with THOSE people. All seemed to recognize that getting a group to function well needed something, but none of them had any idea exactly what or how to go about it. I wonder how many existing groups suceeded because there were one or more members who had enough group process faciliation skill to keep the group operating? When a group is new and investment is low, its easy to bail if there is an unpleasant member; often its easier to quit than to deal with settling the interpersonal problems involved. When investment is high, its difficult to leave, and often you are in the whirlwind of development decision making and don't feel you have the time to deal with these problems. One more meeting?????you've got to be kidding right? One very simple thing that does little to add to your meeting burden but can make things better is to end each meeting with an evaluation brainstorm. Just free form brainstorm, what went well, what is improvable. Sometimes just listing the improvables will change behaviors. Especially if you post the list at the start of the next meeting as a simple reminder. For example, if an improvable is: People ramble too much when they speak, having the improvables list on the wall helps remind those that ramble to try and use less time when they talk. People who ramble are not bad people, and often they try to be more concise, but its easy to forget. Having the meeting improvables posted will help remind them, and everyone else. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Cedar Village (forming) July effective meetings workshop date still open
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