Town Hall Meetings

Town Hall Meetings are a commonly-used format for public meetings. Elected officials often hold Town Hall Meetings in order to give them an opportunity to address their constituents.

Commonly, the general public who attend are allowed to ask questions and respond, creating an opportunity for dialogue. Some meetings also include time for small discussion groups to speak, listen, and look for consensus before rejoining the main group.

The format is flexible, allowing for questions to be posed spontaneously or submitted in advance. Questions might be submitted to a single individual, a panel, or to a moderator who offers the floor for responses.