No magic solution exists, and remember, the board members are volunteers, so no leverage to “make them engaged” exists either.
Here are four thoughts to help you build better engagement.
2. Provide VARIETY – same format every meeting guarantees boredom and lack of engagement. Something as easy as assigned seats at meetings so people are forced to move about. Funny how where you sit and who sits next to you can stimulate thinking.
3. Change METHODS – instead of the same presentation of information how about a short quiz to see what everybody knows. Regular use of PowerPoints is lethal, but occasionally a few are good. Video is easy and inexpensive these days, and a short interview is a great way to bring in another point of view.
4. Share EXPERIENCES – nothing is more engaging than hearing what fellow board members experienced. The more members that talk, the better the engagement. Share fund-raising results, compare work on other boards or think about what is fun, frivolous or frustrating about serving on the board.
We’d all benefit from sharing engagement ideas that work. Tell me about yours and I’ll post them for everybody!
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