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Making Meetings Meaningful for MS Municipal Clerks

I really enjoyed last week's opportunity to provide a workshop for the master certification program managed by MSU's Center for Governmental Training and Technology. About 35 municipal clerks participated in the workshop at Lake Tiak O'khata. I must say that municipalities should show appreciation to their clerks every day. They know the nuts and bolts of city business and keep our towns and cities running as smoothly as possible!

Do you ever get tired of "meeting for the sake of meeting?" Too many times, groups tend to think that having a meeting is the answer to everything; however, misunderstanding and lack of accomplishment are two major pitfalls that tend to turn folks away from joining committees and attending meetings altogether.

Correctly designed meetings with properly prepared agendas, logistics, and even ground rules and faciliators can help make meetings run a lot more efficiently. Using techniques such as the slip and poll methods along with negotiated consensus can really help achieve meeting objectives.

I aplaud the clerks for the active participation and discussion and look forward to future opportunities to interact with this fun group.

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