Help me manage my meetings better. Please!
November 3, 2013 3:46 AM Subscribe
I run an artists’ group which meets monthly. The group is made up of some very talented and creative people and has gone from strength to strength over the two years it’s been running; so much so that we are now working on collaborative projects that take quite some organising and involve finance, tax, insurance etc. Obviously, this is exciting and we want to continue to expand. However, this means that we have to have ‘business’ meetings on a regular basis and it’s become woefully evident to me that I can’t chair / facilitate these meetings for toffee.
posted by Intaglio a go-go to human relations (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
What I’m struggling with is managing a handful of people in the group who, although really nice people, very motivated and prepared to work hard, are really difficult to get to focus during the meetings. They have conversations amongst themselves whilst I’m trying to talk to the whole group, derail the agenda, interrupt, talk over each other, and talk too long when they have the floor. I sometimes have to repeat things because they weren’t listening. I know all these are common behaviours that any chair / facilitator has to deal with but I’m not sure how to manage this given that the group is voluntary, supposed to be enjoyable and most of those who I’m having difficulty with are a lot older than me. I don’t feel I can be too assertive because of this. Please, please, please give me some suggestions on how I can gently bring a bit more order to the meetings before I explode with frustration. Thanks!