12-STEP MEETINGS AND OPEN FELLOWSHIP CHAT
How to Log On
How Meetings Work
Chair a Meeting
NA / CA Meetings
Tips for Chat Meetings
There is no real protocol for "informal" chat gatherings in our open chat rooms, but in our meeting rooms, we try to keep it as much like a face-to-face meeting as possible. Just as in a face-to-face meeting, we do not interrupt the person who is "speaking" or crosstalk after they are done.
Also as in a face-to-face meeting, someone serves as the "chairperson" who opens the meetings, picks a topic and helps keep the meeting focused on the topic discussion as members take turn sharing on the topic.
Some of our meetings have a "greeter" who sends a private message to any late-comers to the meeting to welcome them and tell them the topics of discussion. If the late-comer is new to online meetings, the greeter may also explain briefly how meetings work (see below).
NOTE: To send someone a private message during the meeting, click on their name in the members' list to the right of the chat window. To receive a private message, click on the name of the person who sent it.
If you wish to share, type an exclamation point like this: !. It's like raising your hand.
The chair of the meeting will then call on the next person to share. In our chat rooms it is best to type short lines followed by ". . ." which indicates that you are not finished. Like this:
One of the best tools I have found ...
The [done] at the ends shows that you are finished and the chairperson then will call on the next person to share.
That's it. Those simple tools can keep things orderly even in a full chat room.
For instructions on how to log on to the chat rooms, please see this page.
What is a Closed Meeting?