Meetings are an unavoidable fact of life. They can be boring, badly organised and inconclusive. However they can also be very effective in building consensus and moving things on. Planning before the meeting, being organised during the meeting and good management both during and after the meeting can create an effective forum where members are valued and outcomes are realised.

Meetings bring together people with different ideas and experiences to exchange information, solve problems, make decisions, share concerns and explain issues.