How to Have Productive and Engaging Board Directors Meetings

Board directors are essential to the success of your business. They are able to provide feedback, assistance or even make decisions that will influence the direction of your business. It is therefore crucial running a board meeting to have productive board meetings. What can you do to achieve this?

Begin with the Most Important Items

The majority of your board’s meeting should be devoted to discussing the best way to implement the strategies of your company. This is the time to present specific KPI goals that can be measured and tracked including net promoter scores, sales by region, and employee retention and churn rates. This will ensure that your board is on the same page as the rest of the business and can work together to reach the same goals.

Don’t get distracted

Getting sidetracked by new discussion topics at the board meeting can easily take up meeting time and distract board members from the most important agenda items. Instead, have the chair open with a 10 minute review of the most important inputs that will be sought at the meeting, while reiterating highlights from the pre-meeting call as well as the board’s report.

If a new subject is brought up that’s not important, you can put it on the last item on the agenda or schedule it to be discussed after an interruption. This will avoid the subject being brushed aside and give the impression that the board is open to new ideas.