Board meetings should be a place for the discussion, debate, and consideration that can’t take place in a written report or presentations from the chief executive and committee chairs. A commitment to having strategic meetings means focusing on providing your board members with opportunities to connect to the work of the organization and engage in action-oriented, results-driven work. And it takes intentionally structured meetings to make this happen. Unfortunately, only two-thirds of boards use effective meeting practices according to benchmark data gathered from the BoardSource board self-assessment tool.

Effective meeting practices include comprehensive preparation, a clear agenda, strong facilitation skills, and, most importantly, wise time management. Why is all of this so important? Because board meetings are your opportunity to benefit from the expertise and insights of leaders who support your mission, have a shared purpose, and have the influence to impact your mission. They’re right there — in person and in front of you — and typically only a few times a year. Make the time count

Is your board using effective meeting practices?

High performing boards take time during each board meeting to discuss critical issues and concerns, making preparation for meetings essential. Improve your board meetings by learning about the key roles each participant plays both before and during meetings. The resource discusses the roles of the

  • board chair
  • chief executive
  • board members
  • senior leadership