You’ve got a big event coming up. It involves multiple ministry departments, the whole church is invited, and you’re the staff member charged with organizing this whole effort. You know this will require lots of coordination and communication. You might use email, Slack, RocoCPM, or another planning tool, but you’ll still need a few event-planning meetings.
Now, before you get too discouraged – it is possible to have productive meetings.
Imagine a meeting where you walk away energized, enthusiastic, and ready to make some serious progress. No, that’s not a mythical scenario. In fact, I’ve experienced this type of meeting myself.
So, what’s the secret sauce to a successful meeting? Here you go . . .
Ingredient #1: The Facilitator
Not to be confused with The Terminator, a skilled meeting facilitator has a few tricks up her sleeve.
She prepared for the meeting.
This sounds simple, but I’m often surprised by how many people show up for a meeting and expect to magically be productive.
This isn’t the mindset of a good facilitator.
Instead, she . . .
- Knows the purpose of the meeting
- Developed and sent out an agenda beforehand
- Made sure each person needed to accomplish…