Meetings can feel like a waste of time if all in the room are not clear on why they are there in the first place, and what you wish to achieve. An agenda should be put together thoughtfully by the Chair in partnership with the organisation’s CEO. There are some items which should always be on the agenda (“standing items”) and others which will help you lead the organization forward, including decisions to be made or reports on various parts of the organization. Including the estimated duration of each discussion means you can manage the pace of the meeting and therefore finish on time. This will help you plan agenda that is neither too full nor too sparse.