Effective Meetings with Your Advisory Committee
Are you wasting your time, and theirs, in these meetings?
Decide what it is that you hope your advisory committee will give you.
- An advisory committee meeting is not an exam.
- You are trying to get effective advice
- List the things you want advice on.
Make sure you give them what they need to help you.
|Provide them with enough background so that
they understand the issues.
9 times out of 10 you will be solving the problem yourself just
by going through the process of explaining it to others.
your advisory committee report contain?
On one page
- What you
- What you
want to do
- List the
things you want advice on.
An appendix. Papers in press
or in preparation.
To have effective meetings, you must:
|Choose your committee members wisely.
||Select people whose opinions you respect, who are wise, and
who have time.
|Meet with them regularly.
||Twice a year is good.
|Provide them with a easy to
understand written report well in advance. well in advance.
- If you want them to give good advice, they first have to understand
what you did.
- Be brief but clear.
- You don't want reflex responses (the spinal/non-cerebral type). Give them
time to reflect. Give them the report at least a week in advance.
|Actively direct the meeting.
- It is a mistake to passively sit there and simply answer the questions
that are posed
- Explain the most pressing issues clearly and briefly. You
only have an hour.
- Don't leave out things that trouble you. This is not a
forum for trying to impress people, but a group of friends trying to help.
- Some students get up tight. Remember that this is not an exam
but a forum for receiving advice.
Copyright © 1995
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada
Created 28 Sept 1995
10 January 2007