However skilled you are on Twitter and Facebook, people’s assessment of you as a business person will depend for the most part on how well you show up when you present yourself one on one. Apparently, according to psychologists, having to give a speech is the one thing which, after death, we human beings fear the most. It even has a name, glossophobia, the fear of making a fool of yourself. I thought I may as well also pop into these covers, a few tips about chairing meetings. I have found that far too much of good people’s precious time is wasted by bad chairmanship. Meetings which tend to grind on endlessly do not produce good decisions. Time is money, but the trick is to ensure that, while the meter may be running, everyone gets to have their say.
Through the miracle of desk-top publishing, I have produced the book myself, in a li-flat format and with a comprehensive index, so it will be, I hope, an accessible, ready reference manual. If you would like a copy you will find it on Kobo and Kindle, or you can order by sending me an email with your name and address. The price is $15.99.
Note on Author
John Terris was born in Wanganui, NZ. He worked for 15 years as a presenter and producer in radio and television. He has subsequently spent 27 years in elected office representing the people of the Hutt Valley, 12 of these as an MP, during which time he was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the NZ House of Representatives, and nine as Mayor of Hutt City. John is a member of the Queen’s Service Order and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He is a serving Anglican clergyman, and also has extensive experience of public speaking and of conducting meetings. His autobiography, “Being Who You Are”, was published in 2004.
At present John serves on the Hutt District Health Board, is National President of Media Matters in NZ, (viewers.org.nz) which is a TV viewers’ advocacy group, and is patron of the Hutt Multicultural Council and various other local organisations.
John is married to Katie, has three children and six grandchildren, and lives in Lower Hutt NZ.