By David Rose
What is an effective chair? Arguably something that we don’t always see in meetings…
1. Why are meeting chairs often not effective?
Considering the central role meetings play in our day-to-day working life, why indeed?
Well, let’s consider a parallel.
I’m sure many of you give presentations in your work. None of you would dream of giving a presentation without planning it carefully. Additionally, if you give them at least reasonably regularly, you’ll probably be given or choose to follow some specific training or coaching, recognising presentations is a learnt, technique-driven skill.
Chairing meetings effectively also requires a specific skills set that equally needs to be learnt and developed over time.
Surprisingly, many organisations that provide presentations training for their people then expect them to chair meetings with little or no training support at all…
So, I’d argue the inconsistencies we often see in the ‘quality’ of meeting chairs are due not to a lack of motivation or effort on their part, but simply a lack of technique.
2. What should an effective chair be?