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How to Prepare for the First Staff Meeting


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The first staff meeting of the year—we’ve all been there.


You go into the meeting filled with the ripe excitement of possibility, ready to share your ideas, goals, and expectations. You have all the energy of a student showing off sparkly new notebooks on the first day of school.


Then the meeting happens and… you end up word vomiting over your entire staff.


Sound familiar?


Without a doubt, the deluge of information comes from the very best of intentions. You’re optimistic about the school year and want to set your staff up for success by telling them everything they need to know.


But in trying to enmesh every detail into a single meeting without structure—without purpose—you end up spewing information in all directions instead of uniting everyone under a common goal.


In this week’s podcast episode, I’m walking you through how to prepare for your first staff meeting so you can start this school year off on the right foot.


Join me for a conversation about:


  • The importance of creating structure for your staff meeting
  • The three segments of a successful meeting
  • What to discuss (and not to discuss!)
  • Questions to ask your staff to promote teamwork and school values


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

While there’s definitely a formula to running a successful staff meeting, it’s also a skill that takes time to build. I can help you develop that skill within our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs, which provides leaders like you with ongoing access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that can help you build and sustain a school of excellence. 

Or, if you’re looking for easy-to-implement resources that you can start using today, check out our Time Management & Accountability bundle. It contains a series of tools and templates that will help you make better use of your time—whether at staff meetings or at the desk in your office.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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