Group learns about meet­ing strate­gies

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Ray­ford Horne LEAD Polk 2017

The LEAD Polk class of 2017, is con­tin­u­ing to have a great year and is set­ting the bar for fu­ture classes. I am blessed to be part of this class.

Over the past three months, we have been ex­posed to ar­eas of gov­ern­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, ju­di­ciary sys­tems, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and agri­cul­ture.

Dur­ing the Oct. 12 ses­sion, our class was about how to run suc­cess­ful meet­ings. Our fa­cil­i­ta­tor was Kenny Smith from the city of Grif­fin.

As l ead­ers i n Polk County, we know that meet­ings can be pow­er­ful as­sets in ac­com­plish­ing goals.

Good meet­ing man­age­ment is crit­i­cally linked to par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants typ­i­cally will lose mo­ti­va­tion to at­tend meet­ings un­less you pay close at­ten­tion to the plan­ning, lo­gis­tics, chair­ing du­ties, and fol­low-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

All of th­ese el­e­ments alone and in com­bi­na­tion can have an im­pact on mem­ber par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­volve­ment. The keys to any suc­cess­ful meet­ing is prepa­ra­tion, man­age­ment, and fol­low up.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, we con­ducted a small ex­er­cise on how to run a suc­cess­ful meet­ing in mak­ing a crit­i­cal de­ci­sion in nam­ing a street in Polk County. Each par­tic­i­pant had a role to play in the skit.

To en­sure an ef­fec­tive meet­ing, all par­tic­i­pants should: Keep an open mind Lis­ten to the opin­ions of oth­ers

Par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sion

Avoid dom­i­nat­ing the pro­ceed­ings

Avoid con­flict sit­u­a­tions

Avoid side con­ver­sa­tions which dis­tract oth­ers

In sum­mary, our lead­ers in Polk County go through trial and er­ror in mak­ing crit­i­cal de­ci­sions for the ad­vance­ment of our county both eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally.

Meet­ings are one of the most ef­fec­tive tools that lead­ers can have in as­sign­ing tasks, mak­ing peo­ple ac­count­able and set­ting goals.

Polk County has a chron­i­cle of events that the com­mu­nity needs to be ac­quainted with.

LEAD Polk is a great op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in gain­ing more knowl­edge about our grow­ing county. Join the LEAD Polk Class of 2018 by con­tact­ing Missy Ken­drick, Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor, at mis­syk­[email protected] polk­ge­or­gia.com.

Con­trib­uted by Blair El­rod

Kenny Smith from City of Grif­fin talks to the LEAD Polk Class of 2017.

Con­trib­uted by Blair El­rod

Sonya Briscoe dis­cusses ideas with the LEAD Polk class.

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