Chairing a committee

Once a committee is established it is the full responsibility of the chair to make sure that the committee is properly managed and functioning effectively. There is much more to chairing a committee than preparing the meeting agendas and facilitating the meetings! Lucky there are a lot of resources and tools available to help you with this task.

In the sections below you will find articles and links to other resources on the web with information on a wide range of topics.


Meetings probably still are the main contributing factor to the success or failure of a committee. Because they are so important, we dedicated a special section of this site to meeting best practice advice and information.
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Committee & Meeting Management Tools

If you are not using an electronic tool already, take a closer look at a few and see how they can help make your life easier. MyCommittee offers a free and easy-to-use web based committee and meeting management tool. It alows you to easily create and share meeting agendas, minutes and documents and provides your members with a central location to communicate and work together on committee tasks between meetings.
You can start using MyCommittee for free! (There are paid subscription plans available for organizations that need more than the basic version)
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Regular evaluations ensure that the terms of reference are being followed and that you are achieving your goals.
Evaluations may also allow a committee to address a possible need for revision of terms of reference, ensure effective leadership and allow member turnover.
It should be conducted on a regularly scheduled basis.