Monday, May 17, 2010

International Meeting tips

Chairing international meetings

It can be difficult to chair an international meeting if your first language is not English. The role of a chairperson is to make sure that the objectives of the meeting are met, and that the people attending the meeting know what they need to do next. The chair should also make sure that everyone in the meeting can participate and understand what's going on. To chair a successful meeting, you need to keep to the agenda and time constraints, and also be sensitive to people and clarify or summarise where necessary.

The chair directs the meeting, dealing with the meeting formalities and making sure that the points on the agenda are covered. Chairs are "neutral", and only vote when there is a "tie". In these cases, they have the "casting" (or deciding) vote.

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