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When it comes to meetings, a good assistant is a lot like an air traffic controller. There are multiple moving parts. Others may be flying the planes/leading the meetings, yet you need to be skilled, informed, attentive and a good communicator in order to coordinate and support their success. Join Shelagh, who has decades of experience, for strategies and skills to help you succeed.
While meetings represent just one element of an assistant’s responsibilities, it’s a key element. Your capacity to produce accurate, effective agendas, agenda packages and minutes in a timely manner impacts perceptions and your professional reputation.
When you support more than a couple of bodies, the challenges are multiplied as you likely face competing priorities. Shelagh spent a decade supporting a board and, ultimately, five committees. To keep her head above water and maintain credibility, she developed and introduced systems and practices that helped her stay on top of her workload. These also had positive impacts for stakeholders who participated in meetings, and for those responsible for producing deliverables for board agenda packages.
We’ll review concepts and templates you may want to consider raising with your Chairs, and strategies for influencing readiness to change practices. Whether you record meetings for one body or a handful of them, these are practices you can adopt or modify to help you become increasingly efficient.
Key learning objectives
1. Efficiencies: systems and templates to help you schedule and produce deliverables in a timely manner
2. Communicating and collaborating effectively with multiple chairs and stakeholders
3. How to assert and prioritise your needs in order to get the job done
Templates for you to download
Shelagh has developed templates – annual calendars and work plans, briefing notes for agenda submissions, and more – for you to download and adapt to your environment.