James P. Reber


Fundraising Consulting & Special Event Producing Services
Successful Fundraising & Producing for over 30 Years

Nonprofit Management Consultant


The Art of Conducting A Productive Meeting

Running meetings is one of the most important skills for a board president or a committee chair. It is disconcerting to observe at the prevalent lack of simple understanding of how to run a productive meeting. Bad meeting dynamics often cause loss of interest by many potentially active board members and prevent the kind of cohesion that a nonprofit board needs.

James P. Reber believes that this is a bigger problem than most organizations recognize and yet a problem that is easily solved. It is not solved by having a Parliamentarian or a copy of Robert's Rules of Order on hand at meetings, especially if people are just plain disinterested. Mr. Reber offers a basic class in meeting dynamics that takes a few hours of time and really improves meetings.

To be certain, some may want more training than that, but the basic training is not too time-consuming and it is best taght to a group opf people, since everyone helps make a meeting work - not just the president or chair.

I had to learn Robert's Rules when I was in high school, so I understand the formal way things work. Yet, most people prefer informality in meetings and use Rules as a safety net when things get sticky. A better way is to understand the agreement that takes place between any group of people to conduct any meeting it is a simple compact involving fairness and honesty but it can also include efficiency, which Is what I teach. James P. Reber

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James P. Reber, Nonprofit Fundraiser, Fundraising Consultant, Public Speaker, Event Planner, Event Producer, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California serves the South Bay Area, including nearby communities of Santa Clara, Cupertino, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Fremont, Redwood City, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and San Mateo. Mr. Reber serves Santa Clara County, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area - Alameda, San Francisco, San Benito, Contra Costa, and Monterey Counties.