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This compact disc is designed for student or adult chairmen. New officers in student and adult organizations may not know how to handle meetings comfortably. And distracting, anxious thoughts in the “back of the mind” may keep the new or “rusty” chairman from presiding efficiently and fairly.

Chairing meetings is complex and stressful for nearly everyone. Most organizations use the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order as their procedural guide. Robert identifies 86 different rules for nearly any imaginable difficulty which may arise in a meeting. Small, cooperative groups can use the eight basic motions provided in Lohr’s “Ladder of Motions.” This CD offers training in these eight essential motions coupled with exercises for reducing tension in the chairmen’s muscles and anxious thoughts which automatically result from muscle tension.

Early in the 20th century, the Russian psychologist, Pavlov, found he could change a dog’s behavior by conditioning. American psychologists later found humans could condition away many of their own anxieties by combining muscle relaxation and visualization.

This CD packages these skills for use at home. The first two audio tracks explain how the program works, describe the muscle tensing and relaxing exercises and describe the mental visualization exercises. Tracks 3-12 each provide one step from starting the meeting’s agenda through adjourning the meeting. It is important to relax and repeat tracks 3-12 five to ten times and visualize each specific step calmly before moving on to the next track or step in the program.

I believe that combining deep relaxation with repeated visualization reroutes thoughts about chairing meetings from the “emotional part” of the central brain to the “thought-and-plan-processing parts” of the frontal lobes of the brain. Then chairmen can remember the correct procedures and how to apply them promptly and correctly in meetings.

A link to a pre-check of how you feel about chairing meetings follows the comments below.

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Comments on the Program:

From Rick: "I first purchased the 'Chairing Meetings' CD last year. I do public speaking, run my own business, and, of course, hold a lot of meetings. I was plagued with tense knots in my upper back and totally locked up muscles in my lower back along with a tightly clenched jaw and grinding my teeth in my sleep. The tension was killing me, but I had no idea what my base problem was. I would get all “amped up” to start the day. My mind would not focus, and worst of all, my employees and customers would pick up on my tension and would end up that way themselves. I was not helping my own cause.

After studying the CD thoroughly, I was able to identify the tensions as they appeared and quell them before they caused me trouble. Not only are my employees and customers more relaxed around me, but more business gets done and profits come easier. Thanks, Mr. Lohr."

From Mary Ann: Executive Staff Member (Mary Ann was not anxious about meetings but found the content portions of the CD helpful.) "Your CD has excellent tips for those calling a meeting to order and moving through an agenda in an efficient manner as we do here. The “Ladder of Motions” is a good summary of the eight motions frequently used by groups. I have also learned it is common to get “excess material” into the minutes. I would certainly listen again and take notes in preparation for a fast-moving meeting."

Building Confidence for Chairing Meetings! Pretest.

Please select how you feel, or would feel, at each time.

1. I call the meeting to order.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

2. I move through the agenda of the meeting.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

3. I handle a main motion.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

4. I handle an amendment to the main motion.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

5. I handle referral of the motion to a committee.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

6. I handle the postponement of a motion.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

7. I hear “Question” and then close discussion.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

8. I decide on other requests.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

9. I handle the motion for a recess.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

10. I handle the motion to adjourn the meeting.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

Total Score from 50 Possible Points *

* If your total score is 30 or above or if you scored "4" or "5" on two or more individual items, this program may help you.

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