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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Even an "average" person can understand Robert's Rules. A definite read for business-people, especially anyone who manages meetings.

    Who is Robert and why are his rules so important? For anyone who has to attend or manage regular meetings for their workplace or organization, ¿Robert¿s Rules of Order¿ are vital to know how to best manage the order of the meeting itself with the intent of it being productive and respectful of others in attendance. <BR/><BR/>The author of this book explains that ¿Robert¿ or rather General Henry Martyn Robert was an important figure in history as he was a leader of his community in Massachusetts in the 1870¿s with a great interest in the methods of the English Parliament, the prototype of what is now referred to as Democracy. The Parliament model demands that meetings are held in such a way that all members are heard in a respectful and civilized manner. Robert modified the ideas that he gathered into a set of ten rules that can be applied to meetings in the modern age. Specific case studies of the rules are provided as well as ideas you can use to introduce them into your own organization¿s meetings. <BR/><BR/>¿Roberts¿ Rules of Order¿ are illustrated in a clear and concise manner so that the average reader can understand and apply the principles of ¿Roberts Rules of Order¿ easily. Not only will you find this book a very interesting and often humorous read, but you will find out more about why meetings and time management are valuable tools used by organizations to improve things and bring people together to come up with innovative ideas. While the rules themselves are based on traditional ideas, one could learn a great deal about how best to manage a company as a whole from reading this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is in a management role or who may be in the process of starting their own venture.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    Finally Understand The Rules!

    As someone who is just getting involved in politics at a local level, I was very naive about the whole process of meetings. It seemed arcane and silly. I obviously never learned parliamentary procedure when I was younger.<BR/><BR/>So, in my search for a guide on the rules I came across The Complete Guide To Robert¿s Rules Of Order Made Easy, and boy am I thrilled. The book itself is a little stiff, but considering the content I understand. But I love how this book goes back and talks about the history of meeting rules and why it is necessary to have a system in place to keep meetings on topic and running smooth.<BR/><BR/>I don¿t know that I will ever understand the entire process, but this book has helped me to understand the procedures, and more importantly, why there are necessary. I have even used some of these processes to help run my business meetings more effectively. If you are in need of a primer on how the rules of order work, this is an excellent book. It presents the information in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. I highly recommend this guidebook.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008


    The author was able to explain a complex legislative idea in an extremely simplified manner. For someone who had no idea what Robert¿s Rules were before reading this book, it is impressive how easily understood the concepts could be. Cook provides an interesting description of how Robert¿s Rules came to be which fluidly sets the foundation for understanding its basis. Information is organized logically and examples/instruction are used to apply the rules to the reader¿s own business or group endeavors. I would recommend this book as a fantastic guide for anyone who needs to acquire skills on how to manage a productive meeting of individuals. Star rating: 5

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    A must have book for your arsenal

    Now the title itself gave me no indication of what was in store with its contents. I had no idea of Henry Martyn Robert was or what his rules were. The basic rules Robert wrote about in the 1870s and implemented and used are as important today as they were then. And with this book to guide you are basic enough for everyone to comprehend and use. <BR/><BR/>Now, running a meeting is not just about getting the right people there at the right location, it is about respect, listening and agreement. <BR/><BR/>Beginning with a test to determine if the rules will apply to your organization and ending with what to do if there is no rule to use in your company, this book is thorough. It delves into each rule with gusto. It also incorporates how the digital age has changed the way meetings are held. International conversations happen effectively and ineffectively every day. You get an idea how to apply the Robert¿s Rules to online and teleconference meetings alike. <BR/><BR/>While the book is geared toward more formal types of meetings, such as diplomatic and board committees, I believe everyone should read this book. Its simplicity can be applicable to many types of conversations. The rules are respectful and effective. <BR/><BR/>Whether you¿re a formal meeting planner or board member, this book is a must for your arsenal.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    E-Z Guide to Robert's Rules

    The subtitle to this book is ¿Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply.¿ ¿Complete,¿ ¿made easy,¿ ¿everything to know,¿ ¿explained simply¿ this is just what you need when it comes to understanding and using Robert¿s Rules of Order. <BR/>Also, this is what makes this book well written, it¿s clearness of style and use of language are a fine example of the use of plain language in writing about difficult and complex subjects. It¿s the kind of book suited for first time and occasional user to even a veteran who needs a quick guide for reference.<BR/><BR/>Starting with the history behind the rules, the author brings you current to using the rules today within an organization. Along with this, the topics of electing officers and types of meetings are discussed. The key point, however, is the use of motions and voting procedures. This is rightly pointed out as the heart of the matter. It relates to running your average club meeting right up the halls of government and big business. Once you understand this key point, you are in command of what is most necessary to participate in just about any kind of meeting. <BR/><BR/>The rest of this book deals with topics, such as providing the necessary paperwork in terms of having an agenda, recording the meeting by taking minutes, and presenting reports on key matters. Also, covered are the points regarding debate, how and under what conditions such an engagement takes place.<BR/><BR/>Chapter eight discusses the rules for everyday use by calling attention to at least fifteen basic rules to follow, most of which are already familiar, such as calling a meeting to order, adjournment, recess, making a motion and discussion. Discussed also are those rules used occasionally as well as how to lead and control a meeting by displaying certain key characteristics of leadership. <BR/><BR/>What is often overlooked in regard to meetings is how etiquette and Robert¿s Rules are closely related in that the niceties of our usual behavior are also appropriate in conducting and participating in meetings, such as having polite manners, not being rude, or talking out of turn or interrupting. In addition, when there are no direct applications of Robert¿s Rules, you can adopt a more ¿relaxed¿ or ¿modified version of the rules.¿<BR/><BR/>The added values to this book are the appendices which illustrate by example such documentation as: notices and minutes; sample bylaws, committee reports, resolutions, ordinances, and conventions. Also provided is an excellent glossary followed by a user friendly index to key topics.<BR/><BR/>All considered, this book is a valuable addition to anyone¿s library especially for those who engage in attending or participating in various civic, political and business functions where meetings are an important part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Great easy guide to Robert's Rules

    Robert¿s Rules of Order are a set of rules which help people to run meetings effectively. This book is written in an easy to understand style and explains the rules in detail. It will work perfectly as a handy reference guide to help business professionals of all kinds to run meetings. The book kicks off with a little history about how procedures developed over the years as a way of governing debates and meetings to ensure that all parties got their say and issues were raised and discussed in an orderly manner and decisions reached on a democratic basis so each issue was voted upon and the majority won the day. It explains when the rules should be applied and how to get the best out of them. The book outlines the various roles and can be applied as a framework for organisations and meetings of all sizes, pointing out that you should adapt the rules where necessary to meet your particular needs. There are also case studies to illustrate proper use of the rules and notes on important concepts such as setting an agenda, raising motions, voting and taking minutes or notes. Properly applied these rules will ensure your meetings are effective and don¿t degenerate into noisy squabbles where the loudest voice generally dominates. Anyone who has been party to a disorganised meeting which breaks down into argument will find these rules enormously useful. The book also outlines where rules are commonly misused and provides tips on how to prevent meetings from running on for too long. The final chapters bring the rules up to date and show how they still apply to modern meetings held over the internet or via video or phone conferencing and there is useful information on etiquette. The appendices include useful example documentation to help you apply the rules within your own organisation. This is a well written book which lays out the principles simply and should prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone involved in running meetings and debates.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    Rules to help everyone's meetings

    The title of this book says it all. The author does an impressive job of breaking down the components of Roberts Rules and making it easy to understand, especially for someone who has never heard of this way of conducting meetings. <BR/><BR/>In the beginning of the book, the author lays out ten rules that basically summarize Robert¿s Rules and the template to implement for the majority of meetings. Not all meeting require Robert¿s Rules of Order so the author explains what meetings are best suited for Robert¿s Rules. When the rules are applied properly, it can be beneficial for your meetings.<BR/><BR/>This book is very informative and answers what¿s in it for me and why I would want to adopt this way of conducting meetings. Great utilizations of real life examples at the end of each chapter making this book a great resource for those starting an organization or creating a local chapter of an existing organization. <BR/><BR/>From opening a meeting, to agenda, motions, proper way to vote and closing, this book has it all. Would recommend distributing to Board and encourage members to obtain copy. If you are developing a new company/organization or tweaking one that has existed for years, this would be a resource to have to ensure your meetings are ran in the most efficient way possible.

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    Posted December 19, 2009

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