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- Responding to Criticism - To deal with criticism effectively, leave your emotions out of the conversation.
- Managing Personality Conflicts - Minimize conflict with insight into how different personality styles work best.
- Three Decisionmaking Methods - These processes for reaching a decision can help parent group leaders get past (or avoid) a stalemate.
- Change Your Micromanaging Ways - Could you be a micromanager? If so, you're probably limiting involvement in your group. Here's how to lighten your grip without having everything fall apart.
- Email Communication Tips - How to use email effectively while avoiding common pitfalls that lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding.
- Chairing a Committee: The Basics - Get organized, get the information you need, find volunteers, and start your committee on a path to success.
- Empowering Committee Chairs - A formal orientation for committee leaders puts veterans and newcomers alike on equal footing, and gets everyone on the same page.
- Cochair Survival Skills - Working in tandem doesn't have to be difficult. Following a few simple guidelines will help you reap the many benefits of having a partner.
- A Tool To Manage Volunteers - PTO Manager helps you find and track volunteers, and manage your finances more efficiently.
- 25 Ways To Catch and Keep Volunteers - Tips to lure volunteers in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.
- Recruit Volunteers by Phone - "Can you make a few calls?" may be the single phrase volunteers least like to hear. A simple system can make the task less stressful and more successful.
- Good Committee Management - Give your committees a good name by making sure they have a clearly defined purpose, then empowering the members to achieve it.
- Procedures Book: Your PTO's Instruction Manual - How to create policies and procedures books for your leaders. This tool can make a big difference for your group.
- Successful Meetings: 14 Tips - Done right, meetings help keep the group cohesive and on track. Done wrong, they can become a time pit and involvement killer.
- Robert's Rules: What You Should Know - Robert's Rules do help you run an effective meeting. And you don't have to know a whole book's worth of details—just a few key concepts.
- From Controversy to Consensus - The way you handle the decisionmaking process can determine whether a difficult issue grows into an acrimonious fight.
- Build Support for New Ideas - When members resist change, reduce the chance of conflict with patience and understanding.
- Figuring Finances for Events - How to build a simple cost model and estimate the start-to-finish finances for your group's new events.
- How To Deal With Difficult People - Whiners, Know-It-Alls, and Steamrollers: Strategies to cope with even the most hard-to-take personalities.
- When You Feel Overwhelmed - You don't have to choose between staying involved and staying sane; come back from the edge—and make burnout less likely to happen again.
- Time: The New Currency for Volunteers - Time is a precious commodity for today's overcommitted families. To get them involved, show them you understand and offer a variety of ways they can participate.
- Meeting Minutes: Just the Facts - Keeping complete and accurate minutes is an important legal obligation. Here's why certain types of information should—or shouldn't—be included.
- Orienting New Members - Help newbies hit the ground running by creating a welcoming atmosphere and giving them the opportunity and information they need to be able to contribute right away.