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Supporting Committee Chairs (lunchtime session)

This 75-minute session has been developed to provide participants with advice and guidance on how to best support meeting chairs.  Ideal for Council officers and also those who provide guidance to Community Chairs, the programme is practical interactive.

During the session, the following areas will be covered:

  1. The challenges of virtual meetings
  2. Preparation and planning
  3. Software, equipment and personal preparation
  4. Supporting the Chair during the meeting
  5. What can go wrong – and how to prevent it or put it right!

Full handouts are provided, together with copies of the PowerPoint Slides.

Timetable

Welcome (5 mins)

  • Programme objectives and overview
  • Personal introductions
  • Housekeeping

The Challenges of Virtual Meetings (15 mins)

  • What makes them so different to Chair?
  • Where might our Chairs require particular help and support?

Preparation and Planning (25 mins)

  • Supporting the Chair before the meeting
  • Software, equipment and personal preparation
  • Tips and techniques

During the Meeting (25 mins)

  • What can go wrong and how to avoid this or put it right
  • Side-barring and communication

Programme review (5 mins)

  • Key learning points
  • Feedback and evaluation
  • Close.

 

Who should attend?

This online session is ideal for Council officers and also those who provide guidance to Community Chairs, the programme is practical interactive.

Speakers:

Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.