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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of information should be included on a meeting agenda?

At the top of the agenda, include the date, time and location of the meeting (including the street address). Then, create a list of items (topics) that need to be covered during the meeting. For EACH agenda item, list the following:

  • the amount of time set aside for the topic;
  • the name of the person who will lead the discussion or give the presentation on the topic; and the goal or purpose of having the topic on the agenda (e.g. include "alignment", "understanding", "agreement", etc)

I want to make some visual slides to go with the presentation that I am going to lead at our Unit Meeting. Where can I find some tips on how to use PowerPoint?

Dave Paradi of Think Outside the Slide has an excellent assortment of short video tutorials on his website. These are available for viewing, free of charge (don't be fooled by the "Add to Cart" button), and will help you improve the quality of your visuals. Visit his site at: I would like to find ways to make our Unit meetings more interesting by leading discussions on timely issues that impact our industry. Where can I find some ideas for topics?

The Nexus website is a good source of leading edge information about new technologies.

The CUSW National Political Action Committee has positioned live news feeds on their site.

How do I know if I have access to my Unit (or Committee's) Portal?

After you log into the CUSW website, you will arrive at the "Member Home Page". All of the Portals that you have access to will be listed down the left-hand side of that page. Each is a hyperlink. If you do not have access to a Portal (and should), then contact Joe Cook to have this rectified. He can be reached at [email protected]

What are the steps involved in setting long- and short-term goals for our Unit or Committee?

As a group, start by identifying the goals that you would like to achieve within the next year, then next 2-3 years and the next 4-5 years. Think about your vision of the future, for example, "Five years from now, our Unit will..." (you fill in the blanks). For each goal, identify a timeline for achieving it. Once you have your overall goals set out, create an action plan for each of the (short-term) one-year goals. Include timelines and the names of people who will work on making it happen. Identify any resources that you will need so that these can be included in your annual budget submission to the National Board.