One of the things we are big advocates for at the Sustainability project are staff meetings. Regularly scheduled, purposeful staff meetings can be a key way to stay connected to your team. Moreover, they're one of the most effective mechanisms for providing staff updates, conducting peer review and engaging in other activities that keep our programs current and high quality.
Unfortunately, most people don't have a strategy for conducting a meeting. Getting a group of people in a room and providing snacks and coffee is not a strategy (although the snacks and coffee are a nice perk). And when people feel like a meeting is not a good use of their time, they often find reasons not to come. With SANEs, who are already stretched thin, it is that much more crucial that meetings are productive and applicable to their practice.
Over at 43 Folders, they have a great list of simple things you can do to make your meetings more productive. Most of these are things I (try to) do myself. And for even more good ideas, follow the link at the top of the post. They use a term I have now adopted for many of my own meeting experiences.
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