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Preparing your meeting
Most public meetings consist of a panel of three or four speakers who give their views on the issue, then take questions or comments from the floor.
Decide on a running order and allocate time to speakers fairly. Include time for breaks and networking, if appropriate.
You could invite speakers who represent opposing points of view for a panel debate with a series of questions and audience contributions. This can be especially popular and often allows more in-depth discussions. Try to invite MPs from different parties to debate their different positions.
You’ll need an experienced and assertive chairperson to manage timings and people effectively and allow everyone to have their say.