The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track

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Easy, accessible, and to the point, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track gives you everything you need to know to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings. In this time-saving guide, you get:

• The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on knowing which rules to use for your meetings.
• Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions, plus advice on frequently used motions from ...

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Overview

Easy, accessible, and to the point, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track gives you everything you need to know to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings. In this time-saving guide, you get:

• The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on knowing which rules to use for your meetings.
• Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions, plus advice on frequently used motions from Robert's Rules of Order.
• A primer on voting, from knowing when it's required, to breaking ties, to handling absentee and proxy votes.
• Straightforward strategies for setting and sticking to an agenda and efficiently recording your meeting's minutes.
• Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs.

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Anne L. Bryant
If you are about to take on a leadership role in any organization, this book is a must read. If you want to be a constructive member of a board or committee, this book will be a very helpful guide. The Complete Idiots Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is a thorough and coherent explanation of Roberts Rules of Order.
—Anne L. Bryant (Executive Director, National School Boards Association)
Thomas Skiba
Big board? Small board? Every governing board needs to have a common framework for meetings, motions, minutes and all the other elements of parliamentary procedure. This Fast-Track Guide provides clear and simple guidance to educate board members and help your board govern efficiently and effectively.
—Thomas Skiba (CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Community Associations Institute)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615642205
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 201,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and co-author of Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition.
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Table of Contents

1 What Is Parliamentary Procedure? 1

What Parliamentary Procedure Is Not 2

What Rules Should You Follow? 4

Different Procedures for Different Types of Groups 5

Membership Meetings 5

Boards 6

Conventions 7

Committees 7

The Importance of Being Flexible 8

2 Governing Documents and Parliamentary Procedure 9

Higher Authorities Than Robert's 9

Laws and Statutes 10

Corporate Articles 12

Bylaws 13

Special Rules of Order 15

Parliamentary Authority 16

3 The Motion: How Things Are Done in Meetings 17

Everything Starts with a Motion 17

Bringing Forward a Motion 18

A Member Makes the Motion 18

Another Member Seconds the Motion 19

The Chair States the Question 20

Considering the Motion 21

Members Debate the Motion 22

The Chair Puts the Question to a Vote 23

The Chair Announces the Vote 24

Repetition Is the Key to Success 24

4 The Main Motion 25

The Two Types of Main Motions 26

Rules Regarding Main Motions 28

Avoiding Ambiguous Main Motions 29

Resolutions 31

5 The Most Frequently Used Motions 33

Following the Order of Precedence 34

The Subsidiary Motions 36

Postpone Indefinitely 36

Amend 37

Commit or Refer 42

Postpone to a Certain Time 43

Limit or Extend Limits of Debate 44

Previous Question (Close Debate) 44

Table 46

The Most Used Privileged Motions 47

Raise a Question of Privilege 48

Recess 49

Adjourn 49

Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn 50

The Subsidiary and Privileged Motions in Action 51

6 Other Motions You Need to Know 53

Incidental Motions 53

Point of Order 54

Appeal 56

Suspend the Rules 58

Objection to the Consideration of a Question 59

Division of a Question 60

Division of the Assembly 61

Parliamentary Inquiry 61

Request for Information 62

Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly 62

Take from the Table 63

Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted 64

Discharge a Committee 65

Reconsider 66

7 Voting 69

What Vote Is Required? 69

How Is the Vote Calculated? 71

What About a Tie Vote? 72

The Most Common Methods of Voting 72

Voice Vote 73

Rising Vote 73

Show of Hands Vote 75

Other Methods of Voting 76

Roll-Call Vote 76

Machine or Electronic Vote 77

Voting Card 77

Voting by Telephone 78

Ballot Vote 78

Absentee Voting 79

Voting by Mail 79

Proxies 80

8 Officers and Elections 81

Officers and Their Duties 81

President 82

President-Elect 83

Vice President 84

Secretary 84

Treasurer 85

Directors 85

Executive Director 86

Parliamentarian 86

Nominations 89

Elections 90

Ballot Election 91

Voice Election 93

Election by Acclamation 94

9 Types of Meetings and Quorum 95

Quorum 96

Types of Meetings 98

Regular Meetings 99

Special Meeting 100

Adjourned Meeting 101

Executive Session 102

Annual Meeting 103

Electronic Meeting 104

10 Order of Business and Agendas 105

The Standard Order of Business 105

Approval of the Minutes 106

Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees 106

Reports of Special Committees 109

Unfinished Business 109

New Business 110

Closing the Meeting 111

The Consent Calendar 111

Agenda 112

The Informal Agenda 113

The Adopted Agenda 114

The Timed Agenda 114

The Adopted Timed Agenda 115

11 Meeting Minutes 117

A Minute on Minutes 118

What You Should Put in the Minutes 119

What You Shouldn't Put in the Minutes 121

Approving the Minutes 122

Changing Minutes After the Fact 124

Minutes of Executive Sessions 125

Minutes Template 126

Skeletal Minutes 128

12 Solving Meeting Problems 129

The Problem Member 129

The Problem Chair 133

Meeting Problems Resolved 134

Appendixes

A Parliamentary Resources 139

B Parliamentary Motions Guide 143

Index 145

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Unexpectedly, I enjoyed this book. It is not a dry, dull list o

    Unexpectedly, I enjoyed this book.

    It is not a dry, dull list of rules and regulations (though it does explain the core principles, and does it well).  Rather, it is built on a solid foundation of developing and sustaining an efficient, effective leadership community marked by mutual respect throughout its membership, allowing plenty of room for creativity and divergent opinions without allowing them to run the whole thing off the rails.  It's about being flexible at the right times and in the right ways rather than complying so rigidly to a set of lockstep behaviors that we risk losing our purpose (not to mention our humanity).  It's about being open and honest in our dealings with each other, always with a focus on the good of the whole rather than the convenience or desires of those with the most power.  It's about honoring the unique contributions individuals make toward a common goal and intentionally making space for diversity through effective process.  It's about navigating well through sometimes-difficult issues.

    What's not to love?

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    Posted February 26, 2013

    The author has done a fabulous job of reducing a complex subject

    The author has done a fabulous job of reducing a complex subject to the true essentials. The book presents parliamentary procedure, especially in accordance with Robert's rules of Order Newly Revised, the leading parlimantary authority, is a way that is logical, easy to read and understand, and in plain language. I highly recommend the book as a practical introduction to parliamentary procedure.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    I found this book very helpful. It's a good read. It's short, we

    I found this book very helpful. It's a good read. It's short, well-written, accurate. It is clearly the distillation of a lot of experience. It explains things with tips and examples. It has funny moments!. You should get this book to go with the full-blown Robert's.

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