An Information Package, whether presented as a simple collection of documents or as a formal Handbook, is a valuable tool in providing members with key information about a committee, and provides an ideal starting point for the committee's Induction Session.
An effective induction session not only provides information about a committee for new members, but also excites members' interest in the committee's work and encourages their full participation in it.
Observance of the basic rules of debate in any committee will enhance its effectiveness through ensuring that discussion is orderly, that every member has the opportunity to speak and that the wishes of the majority prevail.
Some staff are interested in becoming members of committees, but find it difficult to get on to a committee to which they feel they can contribute effectively. If you're in this position, the following tips might be of help.