I'm struggling with a scene that involves seven characters all talking together. Six of the seven only appear in this one scene and aren't important to the story. However, it is important that there be seven characters in the scene (the number is significant). All of the characters have high profile roles in society... politicians, high level military, CEOs, that sort of thing, and this needs to be made known to the reader. The scene is, as I'm sure you can guess, a meeting. The conclusions reached during this meeting are pivotal to my plot. I've been writing the scene with a focus on the one character that appears in the other parts of the story. Yet I'm finding it a challenge to balance the dialog and action. I don't want to jump around too much but I also don't want some of the characters to drop out of sight. I've tried to give each character a distinct concern so that I have a reason to mention all of them and so the reader can keep them all straight. Unfortunately the scene currently feels very artificial and forced. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to best handle a situation like this. I find dialog increasingly difficult as the number of characters involved increases, and juggling seven characters at once seems to be beyond my skill.