Tips for chairing meetings
A Good Chair of Meetings……..
• Makes a confidentiality statement at the outset
• Makes appropriate introductions
• Starts and finishes on time
• States the purpose of the meeting at the outset
• Ensures there is agreement on policy and procedures before
discussion of details
• Controls any conflict between individuals
• Apportions and controls the time spent on individual agenda items
• Ensures discussion pursues a logical progression from establishing
facts to interpretation of those facts to conclusions
• Restricts or prevents digressions, irrelevancies and "red herrings"
• Prevents "meetings within meetings" from beginning
• Prevents interruptions but allows for questions and points of
clarification after each contribution.
• Ensures all participants are involved and contribute to the discussion.
• Summarises agreements and actions to be taken and which individuals
are responsible for those actions.
With thanks to reconstruction training
Last updated on 13.04.07