Your no-nonsense guide to making sense of Robert's Rules The classic Robert's Rules of Order has a proven track record of helping membership groups apply codes of conduct to serve as a parliamentary authority within a given assembly. Unfortunately, when read on its own, it can prove to be unclear and hard to follow for many organizations—and that's where this friendly guide comes in. This new edition of Robert's Rules For Dummies demystifies the often-confusing rules of parliamentary procedure in clear, simple language and shows you how to apply them within your organization in a practical and effective way. From procedures for proper nominations to handling elections and ballots, from conducting meetings online to voting by mail and email—and everything in between—this hands-on, plain-English guide makes it easier to apply the information in the most recent version of the rules handbook so you and your organization can start benefiting from it today. Contains updated content that conforms to changes in business meetings, including special rules for making group decisions in both real-time and non-real-time environments Covers new timesaving tips to make meetings more efficient in a world where everyone is pressed for time Provides sample agendas, minutes, scripts, and more Includes interactive online material for readers on the go If you want to keep meetings organized, efficient, and on track, Robert's Rules For Dummies has you covered.
Introduction 1 Part 1: It’s Parliamentary, My Dear: Participating Effectively in Meetings 7 CHAPTER 1: Following the Rules (Robert’s, That Is) 9 CHAPTER 2: Defining the Organization: Bylaws and Other Rules 19 CHAPTER 3: Meetings: Making Group Decisions 37 CHAPTER 4: Notice and a Quorum 51 CHAPTER 5: Ordering Business: The Agenda 63 Part 2: Motions: Putting Ideas into Action 75 CHAPTER 6: Main Motions: Proposing Ideas for Group Action 77 CHAPTER 7: Debate: Discussing the Pros and Cons of Ideas 97 CHAPTER 8: Making Group Decisions: Voting on the Motion 115 CHAPTER 9: Subsidiary Motions: Helping to Process the Main Motion 137 CHAPTER 10: Privileged Motions: Getting Through the Meeting 167 CHAPTER 11: Incidental Motions: Dealing with Questions of Procedure 183 CHAPTER 12: Haven’t We Decided This Already? Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly 217 Part 3: Getting Involved in Leadership 237 CHAPTER 13: Who’s Going to Do the Work? Following Nomination Procedures 239 CHAPTER 14: Holding Elections and Making Appointments 251 CHAPTER 15: Running the Show: Officers and Directors 267 CHAPTER 16: Gearing Up for the Real Action: Committees 283 CHAPTER 17: Reporting to Your Organization 295 CHAPTER 18: Disciplining and Removing Officers or Members 309 CHAPTER 19: Starting a New Association 321 CHAPTER 20: The Convention of Delegates: A Special Kind of Assembly 333 9781119241713-ftoc.indd iii April 1, 2016 12:44 PM Part 4: The Part of Tens 345 CHAPTER 21: Ten (Or So) Meeting Procedure Myths 347 CHAPTER 22: Ten Tips for Presiding Officers 357 CHAPTER 23: Ten Motion Mistakes to Avoid 365 CHAPTER 24: Ten Custom Rules to Consider 373 APPENDIX: Glossary of Parliamentary Terms 381 Index 389
C. Alan Jennings is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) credentialed by the National Association of Parliamentarians. He is past president of the Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians, and is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.
Keep meetings organized, efficient, and on track Apply the rules of parliamentary procedure Adopt effective election procedures Run your meetings and get things done You can get the most out of your meetings by following Robert's Rules, but knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. This hands-son guide demystifies the rules of parliamentary procedure in clear, simple language and shows you how to keep meetings organized, efficient, and on track! Stop wasting time and start getting results! Inside… Follow bylaws and rules Make group decisions Put ideas into action Discuss pros and cons Use the motion to Amend Make nominations Deal with distractions Create effective committees Preside with style
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