What to Include on Your Board Meeting Agenda

A well-written board meeting agenda is the base for every session in the boardroom. It sets the tone for how involved your board members are in discussion, outlines everything you’re planning to cover, and gives you an early start on making comprehensive minutes that document your decisions.

It is ideal that your board’s meeting agenda will include a section for reporting. Here, department heads and chairpersons of committees can inform the board of important information. Depending on your organization’s needs, this may include reports from the executive director as well as finance director, nominating committee and other key departments or committees.

The next item on your agenda of board meetings should be “new business.” This is where you and your colleagues will discuss the ideas that have been surfacing during your last meeting, and the best way to move forward. This is an excellent opportunity to have a discussion and debate So, make sure you leave plenty of time for it. Most of the time, your board will decide to alter or table, or even transfer an agenda item for another committee to take care of.

In the new business section It’s also a good idea to include a space for announcements and celebrations. This is an opportunity to show your appreciation for the board and their contribution.

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