How to Get the Most Value Out of Your Board Meetings

A 2 minute read that will save you hours and change the way your company operates

Nicolas Carteron
Jan 12 · 2 min read

For many young startups, board meetings are a chore. Something you must do on a quarterly basis but in which you take no pleasure. If that’s how you see your board, then you have a problem.

Board meetings should be your most valuable strategic tool as a founder. This is your opportunity to discuss larger issues, to look further than the daily operations or monthly planning. And if your board is made up of the right people, these few hours every quarter will change the way you run your company.

Just follow these steps and advice to make sure you run smooth and efficient board meetings.

1 year before

2–3 weeks before

⚠️ Remember: you never bring a surprise to a board meeting. Everything material must be discussed ahead, good or bad. Nothing new should come up at the meeting unless it happened 5 minutes before.

1 week before

During the meeting

Write into the minutes:

  • When the Board asks that some action be performed within a given time frame. Note down who is responsible for the task and what the expected outcome is.
  • When the Board asks a question that requires a formal answer. Note the required format of the answer, and the deadline to turn it in.
  • The votes and dissents on all decisions.

The week following the meeting

Before your next meeting

Send back all answers to the questions that were raised.

Start the cycle again 2–3 weeks before your next meeting.

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