Meetings are considered from the point of view of an individual member who wishes to influence and persuade people to take the particular decision that he favours. A piece of advice, based on observations of people with high intelligence and strong personalities who have learned to make the most effective use of committees on which they have served. The desirability or otherwise of prior consultation or lobbying people before a meeting is a point of particular interest. In order to get an idea of how much agreement at a meeting is likely to be practicable, it is often helpful to sound one or two members at an early stage. The Chairman may normally wish to underline his position of authority by being dressed rather more smartly than other members. On the other hand, if they all habitually wear conventionally smart clothes, this will be impossible and he may find it advantageous to dress differently.