Years ago I ran into the “you complain about it, you do it” situation at work. In this particular case is was about running a meeting.
Surprising myself and others, I was really good at it. After thinking about it, it was because being the GM of a game is running a meeting.
So if you review Roberts Rules of Order and understand your role as chair of the meeting, you as an experienced GM can facilitate a good smooth meeting, that does not bog down, or waste too many people’s time.
The Secretary of the meeting may be setting the agenda, you as the chair manage the meeting.
- Keep things moving.
- Keep everyone involved.
- Know when to bench discussions.
As a GM we kind of know the concepts of turns and actions. So typically if it is an ongoing status meeting type thing that you have 5 to 20 people attending, follow these concepts and you will be strong.
Start with Old Business. (explain the last meeting, and major choices had) then go around the table asking for updates on things they said or where tasked with doing for this meeting. give them 2 or 3 minutes max for this, think of this as their turn. If you are Bored with it, so are most of the other people at the meeting. when they finish go to the next person.
At the end of a section of the meeting, and before then next section, clarify that there is nothing anyone needs to add. If it is Verbose or starts getting in depth and people are loosing interest, ask that it be submitted in writing and it will be added to meeting notes for all to see and access.
With New business, go around to everyone on the table and get their elevator pitch for what they are working on…again treat as a player action, if too long, cut them off and explain it and give a different option to share the information. Make sure everyone gets a chance to talk.
When a discussion is necessary, give the different parties time to present their opinions/ concepts and then let them begin their discussion with you calling on people for their opinions and questions, but if any one or two people are the only ones talking for 2 or 3 minutes and it is not a presentation, move the discussion on and if the 2 or 3 participants want to go in depth, they can meet up about it on their own schedule.
As GMs we recognise when someone is doing too much in one turn. It’s the same in a meeting, but we should be more polite.
In a standard Meeting type the “Chairman” or “President” runs the meeting and the “Secretary” does the prep and takes notes. As GMs we have done both for as long as we have been GMs…Learn the rules in your organization and unleash your mad skills…but avoid becoming the default Meeting person in your group!!! I don’t know how to do that yet!!! As that is what I have become since all my meetings are nice and short.
What other skills have you brought to your Non-Gaming life?