What are Meeting Roles?
There are several roles different participants might have in a meeting. Some roles are officially appointed, some assigned on a per-meeting basis, and others simply assumed during the meeting without discussion.
Formal meetings, such as board meetings, may have people participating as:
- the Chair,
- the Secretary,
- Voting Members,
- Non-Voting Member participants,
- Guest Presenters,
- and Observers.
Structured meetings and workshops may have people assigned to act as:
- Sponsors or Champions,
- the Facilitator,
- a Recorder (or Note Taker),
- a Time Keeper,
- Subject Matter Experts (SMEs),
- and Participants.
Business meetings where roles are not explicitly assigned or discussed will still have a meeting Organizer, a Leader, and Participants.
Note that "person who just sits in the corner and diddles around on his phone" is not considered an appropriate role for someone to take on in a meeting.