Help me run this contentious meeting!
August 6, 2014 12:53 PM Subscribe
Tomorrow morning I will serve as the facilitator for a meeting I called, which is a four-year review of the program I run. The meeting will be among several old white men, and I am a reasonably young white female. There are bound to be emotions, as people have personal investment in various aspects of the topics to be discussed, and there are territorial issues that will likely rear their heads. What tips do you have for keeping such meetings productive, rational and finishing on time?
posted by Liesl to Work & Money (14 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I have written and circulated an agenda with the points to be discussed, so I know I can always plead to stick to the time limits. What I'm most worried about is 1. wasting everyone's time with unproductive pontificating and 2. bullying attacks from one person who--hey!--happens to be my former boss.
My current boss and I are in perfect agreement about what we want to get out of the meeting, so I know he has my back. However, I've never chaired a meeting like this and am looking for advice on nudging things to go along the way I want them to. Frankly, I'm terrified. Please help?