Cultural norms and planning meetings in a community.

Cultural norms are a part of cultural groups and change the way that the individuals within the cultural group interact. Cultural norms help people to communicate with others by providing a common reference point as a resource so that people do not need to develop new rules every time that they meet a new person.

Cultural norms appear across all cultures and have both similarities and differences. These cultural norms come in categories, such as committee meetings, dinner parties or brainstorming session

DECIDE THE GOAL OF THE MEETING

Is it to revise the by-laws, plan volunteer recruitment, or something else? No clear goal? A boring and unfocused meeting may result! Come up with a clear goal and the agenda becomes your road map to getting there.

Do your homework!

If you need information or research for the meeting, better have it done before the meeting starts. What happens when you show up at a meeting where important information is missing? It’s usually a big waste of time!

DECIDE WHO NEEDS TO BE THERE

If you are working on a billboard campaign, does the whole membership need to attend or just the Billboard Committee? Think before you send out those meeting notices!! When people come to a meeting where they don’t care about the agenda, guess what? They usually don’t come back!

PLAN WITH OTHERS

This is a great way to develop new leaders and get other people more invested in the work of your group! Just get three or four interested folks together and hash out the agenda–it won’t take more than an hour!

And most important

GOOD AGENDAS COUNT!

List the amount of time you plan for each item. If someone other than you is presenting some part of the agenda, list that too, and send it out at least a week ahead of time. Members of any group should know what they are coming to do!

If the agenda is your road map, than make sure it has all of the stops listed on it, without too many unnecessary side trips. Let everyone know what’s going to be discussed; don’t keep it a secret!