Tips for Effective Board Members Communications

Communication that is clear and transparent, whether your board members meet in person or online, can result in more involvement and more effective decision making. To ensure that your board is equipped with the appropriate tools for the process it is essential to find the right communication solution that aligns with the goals of your company and its culture. We have put together the following list of useful tips to help you communicate effectively between board members.

Avoid “boardspeak.” Getting overwhelmed by the jargon used by your organization can quickly transform a discussion into a information dump. Keep it brief and to the point and always proofread.

Be aware of the communication style of each member. Some people prefer to be informed visually, while some prefer it written. Recognizing these differences will help you communicate more effectively and create an enduring culture of board members.

Establish a schedule of communications. It is crucial to keep your board informed and up-to-date, even though they don’t meet frequently. Make sure to schedule check-in calls or emails at the same time every quarter or month, to ensure that your board is aware of what’s happening and when.

Visual aids can help to clarify complex information or data. Visual representations like diagrams, graphs and charts can assist your board in understanding trends or patterns that might otherwise be difficult to grasp. By connecting these findings with familiar concepts and analogies, you can make the information easier to comprehend.