The First Meeting

First impressions for the potential campaigners joining your group can be very important, so a well organised, friendly and structured meeting is essential.
  • Arrive early and be prepared to introduce yourself, your ideas and your aims. Don't forget to stress the potential for promoting cycling.
  • Make sure that everyone knows who everyone else is.
  • Have a (flexible) agenda ready. You don't want to put off potential supporters by dithering, but give everyone time to discuss the items.
  • Present your objectives to the group, and be prepared for debate. Try to get agreement on the group's name, aims and a structure.
  • Don't be offended if everyone prefers someone else's ideas.
  • Try to involve as well as organise. Give everyone a chance to speak, and try to make sure everyone feels able to contribute.
  • Hand out post-it notes so that people can jot down ideas for further thought and stick them on a board for everyone to think about.
  • Put feelers out to find out what days times would suit the majority for future meetings, weekday, evenings or weekend, mornings? 
  • Take names, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Keep minutes, and email them round the group afterwards.
  • Don't worry about low turnout - you can't make everyone aware of the group immediately. At this stage you should be aiming for active, committed members - less active members can be gathered later.
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