The focus of most neighborhood associations is bringing people together to solve common problems. Much of this work is done through meetings. Successful associations conduct effective meetings - meetings that both produce results in accomplishing important objectives, and are the result of individual citizens working well together as a group.
- State ideas positively and show their relation to the overall issue.
- Foster cooperation, not conflict.
- Discuss decision items when most group members are present.
- Present financial information with written copies for everyone present.
- Keep information items brief and relevant.
- Keep committee reports brief.
- Conclude committee reports with a recommendation expressed in a clearly stated proposal.
- Use visual aids.
- Assign tasks and responsibilities as the meeting progresses, and record the assignments in the minutes.
- Know the limits of the group's decision-making authority.
- Encourage everyone to participate.
- Don't over crowd the agenda with too many items.