National Business Etiquette Week: Your role in the community

Serving on Community Advisory Boards.  Keep in mind that your character is on display for all of the other committee members and as we all know, actions speak louder than words.  People are relying on you to do your job  and to do it well.  When attending a meeting, give 100% of your attention to the task at hand and come prepared with your homework complete.

Making an Agenda.  If you are leading a committee meeting, it’s a great idea to spend some time in advance working on an agenda.  You might even consider a “timed” agenda where you give a specific amount of time to each topic.  This helps to keep the committee on track and ensure everything on the list gets covered.  One week before the meeting, send an Email to all committee members and include a copy of the agenda.  This gives them an opportunity to review the items to be discussed and to come prepared.  After the meeting ends, at your earliest convenience, go over the meeting notes and create the next meeting agenda while everything is fresh in your mind.  This helps ensure everything is included and nothing slips through the loop at the next meeting.

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