A dashboard of upcoming polls (as well as past ones) keeps everyone focused on key items, from budget approvals to strategic plans. Board members know what to prepare and decide on, and walk in ready to contribute.
Have a board member out of town for a conference? Enable remote voting so they can still participate in decision making. Have a sensitive issue before the board? Use anonymous voting so everyone feels comfortable.
Lighten things up
Vote on T-shirt design for an upcoming volunteer event. Ask what caterer everyone prefers. Polling offers as much potential to connect personally with your board as it does to drive important decisions.