November Meeting Tip of the Month

As the temperature drops and the leaves continue to fall, it’s not uncommon for members to drift through November unmotivated and uninspired. Members are well aware of the competitive events they have chosen, but many see their deadlines as distant and non-concerning.

As officers, you have the opportunity to spark this motivation. Focus your meeting this month not on delivering information, but on presenting an inspiring message to move members to start studying, preparing, and working on their competitive events at this time. If you have a member who has gone far with their competitive event in years past (say, placing at state or even attending nationals!), consider having them speak about their experience.

Ask your members to draft a game plan of their event preparation before RLC rolls around: how will they study, memorize and polish a presentation, or learn the information they need in time? Encourage members to keep this plan clear and detailed.

Competitors that perform well in their events start preparing far in advance; make sure to emphasize this to your members. Some chapters require their members to present their work as it develops. While not necessary, a great way to facilitate this early start is to dedicate a meeting to competitive event planning and preparation.

For members who are not competing, don’t let them miss out on this opportunity to get motivated! Your motivational meeting should cover a wide range: have them get excited about attending future conferences, too!

Meeting Tip of the Month – October

It’s finally October, meaning the season of spooks and candy-bingeing is right around the corner! In FBLA, October is a pivotal time for chapter growth. No need to be afraid, though: with this month’s tip, there’s no need to be afraid.

FBLA is a huge organization with so many different opportunities and experiences– unfortunately, that means it’s easy for members to feel lost or overwhelmed. That’s where chapter leaders come in; they’re there to guide and give members a sense of direction.

Chapter members are only one part of the puzzle, however. This month, get other active members to speak to the chapter about their experience. This can be helpful when you have members with specific experiences no one else has (say, a select few have been to Nationals!). This is another way to deliver information, but it’s infinitely more engaging than having chapter officers deliver everything.

Spread the love! More speakers mean more interested members. Take this month to rethink how your chapter gives out information.

Good luck!

August Meeting Tip of the Month

Keeping meetings fresh and engaging for members is a common difficulty for just about any chapter. No matter the quality of your leadership/activities, the most successful chapters are those that innovate new ideas, develop fun activities, and provide a different experience at every meeting.

This month, try refining your meetings by bringing a guest speaker! Listening to the same few voices speak, no matter how skilled of a speaker they are, is tiring. If you want members excited to learn new information or skills, bring in an outside voice to garner interest.

Hearing a new voice can disrupt the repetitiveness of meetings. It also presents an opportunity to listen to an expert speak about his/her area of expertise, which will always result in a captivating experience. (You know it’s working when people start jotting down notes!) To make this happen, have the officer team reach out to professionals in the area to ask if they’d like to speak to the rising generation of business leaders!

Having trouble finding a professional guest speaker? Don’t worry! There are plenty of more accessible options to bring a new voice to your meetings. For one, graduated members/alumni are often happy to come back and speak. They can also provide an important perspective on how FBLA changed their lives in the long-term.

When it comes to changing up your chapter meetings, the options are endless! Remember: always keep your finger on the pulse of student engagement, and never be afraid to change things up!

Running Meetings Efficiently

Chapter meetings are vital in maintaining communication between advisers, officers, and members. Whether a meeting is held to inform members of upcoming events or just as a social opportunity, it is imperative that it is well-run and a productive use of members’ time. To ensure meetings are carried out effectively, officers should follow a few simple guidelines.

The most time-consuming step is actually planning the meeting. Choose the purpose of the meeting. Will it be a social event for members to meet one another or an informative event about the upcoming conference? After the topic is decided, determine what will be required the meeting (refreshments, guest speaker, decorations, etc.) and divide the workload among officers or other meeting hosts. Distributing the workload reduces stress for each member and promotes teamwork.
Next, it is important to choose a time and date when the majority of chapter members are able to attend; avoid overlapping dates with other school organizations or conflicts. Once the meeting is planned, the topic is set, and the time and date are determined, begin promoting it through school announcements and flyers. Ensure that member’s are aware of the meeting to increase attendance and chapter participation.
Between the planning time and actual date of the meeting, gather all the necessary items for the meeting. If a guest speaker is scheduled, be sure to maintain contact and verify that they can still attend. Most importantly, practice the presentation. Familiarity with the content will allow the presentation to flow naturally. Be sure to be able to answer any questions members may have on the topic, or at least be able to point them in the direction of an answer.

 

On the day of the meeting, arrive as early as needed to set up and prepare. Run through the presentation one last time if time allows. As members arrive, welcome them. If refreshments are provided, it is often a good idea to have members get them on the way in. Try to begin promptly at the decided time. While presenting, make sure that all members can see and hear. Allow time for questions at the end. Even if the meeting is not designed solely to be a social event, it is always a good idea to allot a little time for networking among members. Lastly, and most importantly, ask for feedback from not only advisers and officers but members as well. Constructive feedback will allow future meetings to run even more smoothly and efficiently.