Time management – top tip for effective meetings – have an objective
How many times have you come out of a meeting not knowing whether it achieved anything? If we agree an objective for the meeting it is very clear to see if we achieved it, and it sets our expectations for the meeting.
It also means that if someone starts going of the agenda, the chair can make a legitimate intervention. An objective clarifies the purpose for all those in the meeting, so that everyone knows what the meeting is for and what it is not for.