10 Tips for How to Conduct Effective Volunteer Meetings

Adam J. Cheshier
5 min readAug 14, 2021

So, you’re wondering how to conduct effective volunteer meetings for your nonprofit organization. You’ve come to the right place.

We’ll admit, as volunteers, we have never been stoked on the idea of volunteer meetings. However, there is an approach you should know to make these fun, engaging, and effective for all participants.

Below, we have outlined several steps you can take to make sure you are using everybody’s time in an appropriate manner and to get the most of these scheduled/ regular volunteer meetings.

10 Ways to Hold Efficient and Effective Volunteer Meetings

Here are ten ways we have found have been effective and conducive to holding our volunteer meetings:

1. Stick to a Concise Agenda

This is part of the prep work that must be done prior to the meeting. Sit down and consider what your meeting’s central message will be. Each week (or month — depending on how often you hold your meetings) can be focused on something new.

Don’t allow your message to become stale — plan your meeting agenda and stick to it. Keep things interesting!



Adam J. Cheshier

Documenting obscure pockets of the world across long-distance overland expeditions. Recently celebrated 7 years of nomadism. https://linktr.ee/adam.cheshier