New year, new you! Now that 2020 has officially kicked into high gear it’s important to take notice of the changes that need to be made around your local chapter, ensuring that nothing has turned bland or uninteresting to members, especially as they get used to be being back from a fun holiday break.
Your job as chapter leaders is to match, or continue, this energetic spirit without impeding on competitive event preparation or productivity. It’s a balancing act, but one that is imperative to make the most of all of your meetings. For your meeting this month, reinvent! Find another approach to competition preparation (maybe pair up competitors with experienced mentors) or switch up the meeting proceedings. If you normally start with the same announcements, maybe start with an icebreaker instead! There are plenty of icebreaker ideas on this state officer blog, so there’s no shortage of activities for you to plan.
Keep members on their toes if you want them to keep them coming back. The same-old can only get you so far– a prerequisite of growth is change!
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!
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!
Meetings are an essential part of a local chapter’s operation. Meetings can be used as an avenue to network, conduct important business, and inform those in attendance.
In order to run an effective meeting, it is important to always plan ahead. Pick a date before your chapter meeting to hold an officer meeting. During this time, choose the items that will go on the agenda (limit to important topics and decisions) and any other business that needs to be handled before the meeting. Also, choose someone to lead the meeting. It may be your chapter President or Vice President. Whoever is chosen, it is important that they are prepared with knowing all of the agenda items and be aware of time during the meeting to ensure that the meeting does not go over the planned time. The agenda will bring structure and an outline for not only the officers but also the members in attendance.
If you need handouts or other visual aids, prepare those ahead of time and let your adviser know so those can be printed and distributed. It is best to not to wait until the last minute to prepare for a meeting. You want to go in ready and prepared so that your meeting will be a success.
For this month’s Meeting Tip of the Month, we begin recommending that meetings be turned into miniature workshops for those who are competing.
Most chapters tend to have an afterschool meeting, so why not turn that afternoon meeting into a chance for members to get a taste on what they might experience at RLC that is right around the corner. You can easily host a workshop in which more experienced members help new members with whatever competition they may be competing in this year. This will be a great way to prompt members to take initiative and help prepare for the upcoming competitions.
Not only will the members still get there daily knowledge of what’s going on in their local chapter, but they get the chance to Build their Bridge-way into success at RLC!