Robert's Rules For Dummies

Robert's Rules For Dummies

by C. Alan Jennings PRP


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ISBN-13: 9781119241713
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 63,382
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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

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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

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Robert's Rules for Dummies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gs More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
There are bonus sections available via computer which are also quite helpful.
I heartily recommend this book. I believe it is not only accurate but easy to understand because of the way he presented the material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost worthless in the current Nook form. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Bookworm-Lynn More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own the book and have even had a question answered by the author! I highly recommend 'Dummies'. Its made me less of one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert's Rules for Dummies takes a very complex book on procedures and makes it understandable for the average person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.