9 “Musts” for a Successful Chamber Board Orientation
You want new chamber board members to hit the ground running, right? The key is to make sure your orientation process is actually producing results.
A successful orientation program generates excitement and motivation.
By the end of the orientation process, new (and existing) board member(s) should:
- Feel comfortable and involved
- Have a sense of camaraderie with the other members
- Feel motivated
- Know the chamber’s mission, philosophy, foundation, purpose, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths, needs, etc.
- Understand their role/responsibilities and their relationship to the chamber
- Know how the board works, such as how meetings are conducted (e.g. Robert’s Rules of Order), how communication is sent, etc.
- Be clear on processes such as how decisions are made and what a board consensus looks like
- Understand what optimal board performance is
- Recognize how to be a productive board member
Surviving and thriving during board orientation can be (almost) painless. Use the best practices outlined The Field Guide to Board Orientation.
It includes templates and details on:
- Defining goals and mapping the process
- How to structure the orientation
- Preparing attendees for maximum payoff
- Components of a robust board book
- What to include in a post-orientation debriefing
If you’ve successfully managed the recruitment process, your new board member is a great match for your chamber; all that’s left to do is to make sure they’re ready to contribute on day one.
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