Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why Boot Camp might make you a better board member!



We all know that communities function better when there are talented, knowledgeable people at the helm. We also know that there are a lot of educational resources out there for board members looking for information to help them navigate the minefield of association governance.

It is the rare person who has exceptional leadership and communication skills going into a job requiring those skills. No one disputes that every community would be very lucky to have that kind of person volunteering their time. Education specific to Florida board members can go a long way towards creating these kinds of directors. What might not be as readily understood is that such education does not need to be a painful chore.

I have met many board members who want to have the tools necessary to best serve their communities. Many have read books written by experts and attended legal seminars in the past. What strikes me the most is how little retention of that material exists after the seminar is over or the book is finished. I have attended and spoken at such traditional seminars in the past and there is just nothing compelling about a lawyer in a suit standing behind a podium droning on about 718.111(11).

I created a series called Board Member Boot Camp® to provide some of the tools needed by volunteer board members in a more lively, memorable fashion. Some of the topics covered at these free Boot Camps includes: Best Practices to Streamline Operations and Save Money; Collections and Foreclosures; Board Member Responsibilities; Preventing Fraud in Your Community; Legislation Impacting Your Community; Preparing For and Recovering From Natural Disasters; Negotiating with Vendors and Dealing with Difficult People.

Our hope is that if you enjoy yourself a little in the process you might very well retain more of the information needed to make your jobs easier. Our next Boot Camp will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 600 Knights Road, Hollywood, FL 33021. The program will run from 10:00 am to 1:00 and refreshments will be served. Registration begins at 9:30 am.

The Boot Camp is FREE and open to all interested Board members and association managers. If you are interested in attending this upcoming Boot Camp please go to www.boardmemberbootcamp.com and check out our 3-minute video with highlights from our last event in Bonita Springs! Attendance is limited so you must register by February 12th in order to attend. You can also contact Drill Sergeant Schick at 954-315-0372 to register or via email at dschick@canfl.com.

Yes, you will get to see lawyers dressed up in fatigues and you will be put through your paces if you attend but isn't that half the fun?

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