What is a Meeting Observer?
An observer is a meeting role granted by some organizations to non-members to allow them to monitor or participate in the organization's activities. Most commonly, observers rights in the meeting are restricted to observing; they can attend the meeting and listen to the conversation, but they are not expected to actively participate in the discussion and cannot vote or otherwise officially take part in decision making.
- Wikipedia: Observer Status
- Rethinking Board Observers — The Role of the “Silent Observer” ~ on Both Sides of the Table
- WHAT ARE OBSERVERS ON MEETING MINUTES? ~ by Dr. Samuel Helms on CareerTrends