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How to Be an Effective Group Leader by Bill D. Schul

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4 – The First Meeting

At your first meeting, you should feel as if you were entertaining a group of people in your home, welcoming them and making them feel comfortable. Make an effort to keep the names straight.

Greet each person as he or she arrives and exchange pleasantries. At a large meeting, this may not be possible, but at least you can greet those you know and introduce yourself to those whom you have not met.

If you have been named chairman of a committee consisting of persons you don’t know, get as much information as possible about them before the meeting. Ask the person who appointed the committee members. You don’t have to conduct an investigation, but it would be advisable to know of members’ general backgrounds, interests, and ...

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