Saturday, February 14, 2009

Advocacy Tip: Get a meeting kit

One of the most useful tips I can pass along is this:    Create a meeting kit.   This kit has everything you need for a meeting, event, training, etc.   I don't know about you, but I wasted a ton of time running around gathering stuff every time I did a training.   Then the light bulb went on and I built a meeting kit.   These kits include:
  • A plastic container with a handle and that closes securely
  • Pencils and sharpener (a little cheap one is fine)
  • Ink pens
  • Sharpies
  • Flip chart markers
  • A big ol' marker (for signs, etc.)
  • Stapler and staples
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper clips
  • Binder clips
  • Sticky notes
  • Tape and tape dispenser
  • Masking tape
  • White Out
  • Stain remover pen (like the Tide pen)
  • Lint roller
  • Pad
  • Business cards for key staff
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Box cutter
Finally, be sure to keep a list of items you keep in the kit in the kit so you can check it before you leave the office, making sure you have all the items.