Plan Your Year of Board Engagement in Less Than A Day


Brooke’s latest episode of “Nonprofit Mastermind” is a game-changer for nonprofit leaders who grapple with the challenge of keeping their boards engaged. In this practical and enlightening episode, Brooke unveils a straightforward, highly effective method to plan an entire year of board activities in less than a day. She delves into why intentionality is key and how a well-thought-out engagement strategy can transform your relationship with your board members. Whether you’re struggling with decision fatigue or seeking ways to inspire and involve your board consistently, this episode is packed with actionable insights.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Strategic Engagement Planning: How to approach board engagement with a strategic and intentional mindset.
  2. Efficient Mapping Techniques: Skills to efficiently map out a year’s worth of board activities, including meetings and check-ins.
  3. Consistent and Meaningful Engagement: Strategies to maintain a consistent and meaningful connection with your board members throughout the year.

Key Takeaways:

  • Intentionality in Planning: Understand the importance of aligning your activities with the organization’s end goals.
  • Balancing Four Types of Engagement: Learn about the four essential engagement types: meetings, updates, check-ins, and inspiration.
  • Structuring Engagement Cadence: Discover the benefits of setting a standard cadence for regular board interactions.
  • Thematic Continuity: Grasp the value of pre-planning content based on quarterly themes for cohesion.
  • Overcoming Decision Fatigue: Learn how advance scheduling and planning can alleviate stress and improve focus.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Cadence Setting: Decide on a regular schedule for meetings, updates, check-ins, and inspirational activities.
  2. Calendar Scheduling: Assign each type of engagement to specific dates, starting with fixed events like board meetings.
  3. Theme Selection: Choose a central theme for each quarter to guide the content and focus of interactions.
  4. Content Planning: Develop detailed content for each engagement type based on the selected themes.
  5. Implementation: Finalize the plan by setting specific dates and marking them in your calendar.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Board Engagement Strategy Bundle: A comprehensive toolkit including worksheets, model calendars, and agendas to streamline your engagement strategy.
  • Podcast Playlist: A curated selection of episodes focused on board engagement topics, from conducting engaging meetings to utilizing board dashboards.

Connect With Brooke:

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