Bringing It to the HOA Board

Strategies on playing a bigger role in your HOA.

You live in an HOA. You have a great idea. You’re not on the board, and elections are months away. What next?

Present it.

Presenting a good idea, whether to a board or to a boss or to anyone else in the position to approve it, isn’t about them. Or you. It’s about the idea.

A good idea needs a spokesperson. And if you’ve come up with the idea, that spokesperson is you. If you can imagine the concept and how it will benefit your community, paint that picture in your presentation. Or, if you can count the ways it will profit your community, tally it up and explain how the numbers will help.

And before you present your idea at the next board meeting (in the agenda as “Other” or “Discussion” or “Comments,”), contact the board secretary and ask if your idea can be featured as a main topic of the meeting.

On the day, you might be nervous. Understandably so. Who wouldn’t? That’s why advice about picturing audiences in their underwear exists. But better than that, picture your idea. In full regalia.

Give your idea wings and a voice, and it can fly.

Have multiple great ideas that you think can improve your community? Consider running for a board position in your HOA come election time or joining a committee. You can be instrumental in helping to plan the community-wide spring BBQ, to renovate the community center, to redesign the common area landscaping, to review and update the association’s architectural guidelines, to create the association’s 5-year plan and to get involved in any number of other important endeavors.  All it takes is a few hours of your time each month and a commitment to your neighbors.

There’s a lot to be gained from volunteering your time: new friends, new skills, recognition by your neighbors and—perhaps best of all—an improved community.

Contact the association manager or a member of the board today. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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