In the first few minutes of a meeting, everyone’s attentive. But as tough issues arise, participants might bicker, form cliques and ignore the facilitator. To keep a meeting from getting out of hand, ensure only one person speaks at a time. Don’t start a dialogue with some folks near the front of the room while a group in the back breaks off on its own. Alert the group at the start that you will only make vital announcements once. When they realize that they must listen the first time, they’ll know to simmer down and pay attention.