How to Join a Board of Directors

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A board of directors is put in place to govern an organization. The power of the board of directors to change the strategic direction of a company or non-profit varies depending on management structure and board networks. In many ways, the board of directors is also chief advocate and marketer. Naturally, organizations like board members to have an extensive network; however, there are additional requirements.

Announce your interest. Let the organization know that you are interested in serving on the board.

Take a dynamic approach. We are all more than the sum of our parts. Be sure the interviewing body understands the person behind the request.

Contact the organization and request information on becoming a member of the board. Under investor relations or organizational information you will usually find information about the current board of directors and contact information.

Follow instructions on the application. Pay attention to the time frame. Use the written applications to glean information about interview questions.

Prepare for interview questions. They will be looking for passion and commitment, and will likely ask you about your opinion on the direction of the organization. Research the current board. They will be the ones interviewing you.

Follow up with thank you cards when appropriate. Affirm your interest in the role. Demonstrate how your past engagements will help you to hit the ground running.

Work your network. Inquire about connections you may have in social media networking groups, through your employer or classmates.

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