Question: How do I create a meeting agenda for our first board meeting?

How do I create a meeting agenda for our first board meeting? This will be my first time as an officer and I do not know where to start. Last year's officers were not organized, therefore, I'm not sure what to dicuss with the other officers.

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
Start with the big picture. Talk about goals for the year. Discuss the vision you each have for the group. Set expectations on how you will work together and who will be responsible for what. Communication is important. How will you communicate between meetings? What if you need to take a vote on an issue before your next scheduled meeting? They key is to make sure you're all on the same page. By addressing these types of issues now, you'll head off problems later on that arise from lack of clarification. The story Build a Strong Executive Board offers more detail. Ongoing board meetings are usually more informal than general meetings, but it can help -- especially in the beginning -- to follow the typical meeting agenda: reviewing what happened at the last meeting, reports from each member on their current projects, old business, and new business. Use these meetings to communicate and delegate. You want all of the officers to feel they have an important role in what you do -- and that you don't have to do everything yourself.

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