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~ Allow time before and after meetings for visiting. This can often be as important as the meeting itself. Take time to build friendships with members of the organization outside of the meeting times.
~ Serving light refreshments or snacks can help to build relationships and ease conversation.
~ Occasionally you may want to send a simple greeting card or thank you note to participants. This can help to build relationships. Sometimes a hand written note is greatly appreciated.
~ Get to know and as much as possible understand the needs, issues, and passions of all the members of the coalition and stake holders in and out of the coalition.
~ You are more likely to have positive influences over a friend, than an enemy.
~ Emphasize both process and product.