The conference leader has the responsibility for guiding the conferees throughout the discussion until the point that he is able to crystallize all opinions toward a rational final decision. His primary control of the entire process is his agenda, which provides the framework for discussion. This must be carefully thought out, and copies must be circulated in advance of the meeting so that participants have the opportunity to prepare themselves for the discussion. It should limit the scope of the discussion and allow for the orderly development of thought to successive phases of the topic under discussion, whitout giving the appearance of excessive rigidity.
Lord Manners was a rich and famous banker. When he died, he was given a magnificent funeral which was attended by hundreds of famous people. The funeral was going to be held in Westminster Abbey. Many ordinary people lined the streets to watch the procession. The wonderful black and gold carriage was drawn by six black horses. The mourners followed in silence. Lord Manners was given a royal farewell. Two tramps were among the crowd. They watched the procession with amazement. As solemn music could be heard in the distance, one of them turned to the other and whisper in admiration, "Now that's what I call really living!"