Robert's Rules For Dummies

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If you belong to any type of organization—from school board to garden club to bowling league to trade association—chances are this book can save you many boring meeting minutes. This friendly guide translates Robert's Rules of Order, the essential guide for conducting meetings of all types, into principles you can understand and apply the next time "Billy Bully" tries to dominate the discussion or "Debbie ...

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Overview

Discover why Robert's Rules "rule"

If you belong to any type of organization—from school board to garden club to bowling league to trade association—chances are this book can save you many boring meeting minutes. This friendly guide translates Robert's Rules of Order, the essential guide for conducting meetings of all types, into principles you can understand and apply the next time "Billy Bully" tries to dominate the discussion or "Debbie Dictator" issues another edict.

If you've ever been frustrated at the way condominium association business was (or wasn't) conducted or fidgeted while PTA members debated whether to have goldfish or pencils as prizes for the elementary school carnival, this is the book for you. Written by a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, it covers everything from the basics of bylaws that establish the real framework of your organization to the requirements for a legal meeting, from how to use an agenda to plan your next meeting and keep things on track to voting procedure and putting ideas into motion—and so much more.

  • This new edition is published in response to the revised 11th edition of Robert's Rules of Order
  • Techniques for following parliamentary procedures to effectively manage meetings of any size
  • Helps you stay current with the latest updates to the rules of order and parliamentary procedure

Complete with a glossary of parliamentary terms and sample agendas, reports, and minutes, this guide has everything you need but a gavel. Whether you belong to an elite country club or a civic organization, an investment club or a volunteer fire department, when you use the principles in this book, meetings won't be dominated by the loudest or pushiest member or go on and on and on and on and on . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118294048
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 51,521
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alan Jennings holds a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) credential from the National Association of Parliamentarians. He is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians, and is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: 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 17

Chapter 3: Meetings: Making Group Decisions 35

Chapter 4: Notice and a Quorum 49

Chapter 5: Ordering Business: The Agenda 59

Part II: Motions: Putting Ideas into Action 69

Chapter 6: Main Motions: Proposing Ideas for Group Action 71

Chapter 7: Debate: Discussing the Pros and Cons of Ideas 87

Chapter 8: Making Group Decisions: Voting on the Motion 103

Chapter 9: Subsidiary Motions: Helping to Process the Main Motion 121

Chapter 10: Privileged Motions: Getting Through the Meeting 147

Chapter 11: Incidental Motions: Dealing with the Questions of Procedure 163

Chapter 12: Haven’t We Decided This Already? Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly 195

Part III: Getting Involved in Leadership 213

Chapter 13: Who’s Going to Do the Work? Following Nomination Procedures 215

Chapter 14: Holding Elections and Making Appointments 227

Chapter 15: Running the Show: Officers and Directors 241

Chapter 16: Gearing Up for the Real Action: Committees 255

Chapter 17: Reporting to Your Organization 267

Chapter 18: Disciplining and Removing Officers or Members 279

Chapter 19: Starting a New Association 289

Chapter 20: The Convention of Delegates: A Special Kind of Assembly 301

Part IV: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Meeting Procedure Myths 313

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Presiding Officers 321

Chapter 23: Ten Motion Mistakes to Avoid 327

Chapter 24: Ten Custom Rules to Consider 333

Appendix A: Glossary of Parliamentary Terms 341

Appendix B: Sample Agendas, Reports, and Minutes 349

Index 369

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

    This book took the dryness out of reading about RONR

    I'm not a professional or scholar; I'm a woman who was newly elected to a club presidency. And I needed HELP. This book delivered it in a clear concise and entertaining manner. The scenarios made me chuckle and helped set the rules in my mind. I have referred to it several times by chapter and am gradually making my way thru the entire book. My husband is reading portions of it too. <BR/>Mr Jenning provided individual help by answering a question via email. I believe that is well above and beyond what is normally expected of an author. <BR/>I conducted my first meetings, both executive and general membership and was so very happy to have his book on the table in front of me just in case I needed to clarify something. <BR/>There are bonus sections available via computer which are also quite helpful.<BR/>I heartily recommend this book. I believe it is not only accurate but easy to understand because of the way he presented the material.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    concise and accurate

    As a new parliamentarian this really helped me get oriented quickly but make sure you also have RROO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Almost worthless in the current Nook form. Very disappointed.

    Almost worthless in the current Nook form. Very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Great resource if you are on a board.

    I'm on the senate for my local community college as a representative of our book club. We use Robert's Rules to run the meetings. I find this book very useful for a quick research of how business needs to be conducted at our meetings. Most of us don't know Robert's Rules so this was a great way to start understanding how it works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended for all non-parli-pro individuals.

    I am the current president of the faculty senate at our university and needed something that would lead me to the correct area of Roberts Rules of Order - this helps ALOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Great resource for a difficult topic

    This book helped me to understand a difficult topic. It is written in the "For Dummies" style making reading, referencing, and understanding easier than others. Very helpful! I should have bought this one first!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2009

    Essential reading

    This book is essential reading for anyone that attends meetings of any kind - even having your buddies over to watch the game will be more fruitfull with some basic understanding.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    A Real Gem

    As a novice parliamentarian, I found Robert's Rules of Order very time consuming and cumbersome, but Mr. Jennings book was the answer to my needs. I highly recommend it for quick, easy reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    First Rate!

    I own the book and have even had a question answered by the author! I highly recommend 'Dummies'. Its made me less of one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    On a Board? You need this book!

    Robert's Rules for Dummies is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in parliamentary procedure, but especially for anyone serving on a committee or Board that is governed by Robert's Rules. Main motions, incidental motions, calling the question, rules of debate, knowing when you can interrupt and when you need a second on a motion -- all are much easier to understand when you've read Alan Jennings' excellent explanations of what they all mean. Take charge of your meetings and don't let yourself get railroaded just because you don't understand parliamentary procedures! This book is an excellent companion to Robert's Rules (Newly Revised, 10th edition) and should be studied before your next meeting. You'll be glad you did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    Easy Reading

    If you are interested in learning about Robert's Rules this is a good book. Like all the books in the 'Dummies' series it is easy reading and easy to understand. But what really impressed me is that Mr. Jennings makes himself personally available to questions about Robert's Rules via email. His response to my questions always arrived within 24 hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Easy Understanding

    Robert's Rules for Dummies takes a very complex book on procedures and makes it understandable for the average person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2005

    No Longer a Dummie

    This book is a great introduction to Robert's Rules. I came in with zero knowledge and was able to understand and learn a great deal about Parliamentary processes through this book. You can read straight through or cherry-pick according to topic and your needs. I needed this material for my role in church leadership. It is helpful to also have bought RONR for reference and the whole story but I would not suggest just reading RONR straight through as I do with 'Dummies.' RONR In Brief is just for a curious meeting attender, in my opinion. As a suggestion, it would be nice if the book had ready references to the corresponding RONR section. I emailed the author a few questions and got a quick, friendly, and helpful response.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    Great 'Little' Book

    This book is written in a very readable style and provides an excellent overview of Robert's Rules and their application. Ideal for the beginner or novice.

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