To start on a positive note - I have just completed the end of year staff reviews. During the meetings I asked for staff feedback as to whether or not a weekly meeting was too much. The general opinion was that our meetings are valuable, that they help the team to feel informed and that they also allowed time for team building. The Librarians - the contents of the book drop worry me a bit! I hope that, our meetings are slightly more engaging than the Middleton Interactive Learning Centre's, however, I have been gathering ideas to make them even more engaging. What we already do Have an agenda that everyone can read and add to prior to the meeting Make the minutes of all meetings easily accessible Ask a different staff member to speak about something informative each week - not necessarily about work! What we could do better Stick to the timings on the agenda Be less repetitive Rotate minute takers Make the meeting norms more explicit Have a
Monday morning is team meeting day. Ten personalities, ten different jobs. How can we ensure that everybody has an opportunity to contribute and feels comfortable doing so? Running meetings is not my strong suit. Do we need to "run" meetings. Would it be more democratic to rotate the chair or would that simply make participants feel even more uncomfortable? I would like to gather ideas here and share my experiences trying to make necessary meetings useful and engaging and making the most of the strengths of every team member. Cham, Jorge. "The Phd." The Phd Comics , Piled Higher and Deeper Publishing, 2016, phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=719. Accessed 26 Apr. 2018.