1. Publicize the date, time, and purpose.

  2. Start on time.

  3. Introduce yourself.

  4. Follow the agenda.

  5. Acknowledge people by name.

  6. Manage discussion. Encourage members to speak up, but don’t allow the discussion to get repetitive or argumentative. Ensure that both sides are heard on controversial issues. Follow the basic principles of Robert’s Rules for motions, seconds, and voting.

  7. Don’t get bogged down by details. Let committees do the detail work; the general meeting is for tackling broad concerns.

  8. Ensure that minutes are taken.

  9. Clean up after yourselves. Replace the chairs, throw away your coffee cups, and turn out the lights. Be courteous guests. The custodians are already busy cleaning up after the students.