8 Questions for Planning a Chamber Board Orientation
In Part 1 of our Chamber Board Orientation series, we focused on establishing goals and defining success when setting up a chamber of commerce board of directors’ orientation.
The next step in the process is to decide how to structure the chamber board member onboarding. There are dozens of ways to format it and many decisions to be made.
What is the chamber board onboarding plan?
- Will it be a retreat or a meeting?
- Does it need to be done remotely? At the chamber office?
- Are you using a facilitator?
- Will it last a few hours, an entire day, or longer?
- Will it occur over multiple sessions or in a single sitting?
- Who should attend? New board members? The current chamber board of directors?
- If current chamber board members attend (as a refresher), will they lead part of the onboarding? Someone from your membership?
- Will there be an opportunity to introduce the chamber management staff?
Tip: Decide in advance if you’re going to have room on the agenda to dig into substantive conversations.
Surviving and thriving during board orientation can be (almost) painless. Use the best practices outlined The Field Guide to Chamber of Commerce 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 of directors book
- What to include in a post-orientation debriefing
The key to a successful orientation process is to make sure chamber board members are ready to contribute on day one.
Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on July 17, 2018. It has been updated.