As an executive, it’s important to know how to communicate with your board members. A solid communication plan ensures that boards are productive and important information doesn’t slip through the cracks.

Communication with the right people, at the appropriate time is equally important. You must also be aware of the communication styles that other members of the board. Often, the issue occurs when one person sends an unintentional message to the wrong board member. A non-executive director, for instance, recently discussed information to his fellow directors concerning the issue of an employee. He questioned them about their understanding of the issue by speaking to each director individually prior to bringing it up at the meeting. However, each director heard different versions of events, which led to conflict and confusion.

To improve communication between board members, you can implement a number of strategies. Technology can be used to improve board communication. By using a portal for board members with task tracking capabilities it can improve efficiency and decrease the chance of communication failures. The right technology can also assist your members to collaborate during meetings. It allows them to share data and collaborate in a secure and confidential environment. Utilizing the platform on any device is an excellent way to give board members more flexibility. To improve board member communication encourage social interaction using group and private messaging. This will result in more natural conversations and a greater trust between board members, helping foster better communication throughout the year.