So this is an interesting meeting facilitation technique.
Sometimes people get carried away in meetings either as broken records, spinning wheels, naysayers, or ever with verbal attacks.
In these case, either the facilitator or any of the other participants, can have permission to "call an ELMO."
What that stands for is:
When someone at the meeting calls an ELMO the meeting is redirected and focused back to the agenda and meeting objectives.
There are also times, you need a "parking lot" for good ideas that are a little offtrack or for sidebars that you want to come back to later.
At other times, you just need to say, "Let's take it offline."
Focused meetings should generate ideas (brainstorm), exchange points of view, surface problems, discuss issues, and make decisions.
A good meeting leaves people feeling energized, valued, informed, and productive. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)