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Navigate the formalities of parliamentary procedure with ease

Need to read up on Robert's Rules? Relax! This clear, easy-to-use guide makes parliamentary procedure simple to understand and apply. From assembling a quorum and establishing an agenda to making motions and setting up committees, you'll see how to manage or participate effectively in a meeting — and get things done!

  • It's parliamentary, my dear — get the lowdown on what parliamentary procedure is all about (and how to use it to have better meetings)
  • Go through the motions — discover all of the different parliamentary motions that help you turn an idea into an action plan for your group
  • The more you know — find out how to select leaders, serve in an elective or appointive office, remove a problem officer, and start a new organization from scratch
  • To debate or not to debate — get a grip on the debate process, from assigning the floor in different types of assemblies to ballot votes — and everything in between

Open the book and find:

  • A brief history of Robert's Rules
  • Tips for taking care of business without wasting time
  • Your voting rights and responsibilities
  • The motion to adjourn and the motion to recess
  • Nomination procedures, elections, and appointments
  • Rules of recording votes and corrections to minutes
  • Ways to discipline and remove officers or members
  • Why Robert's Rules "rule"

Learn to:

  • Apply the rules of parliamentary procedure in a practical way
  • Hold effective meetings that aren't dominated by the loudest or pushiest member
  • Stay on track, take minutes, vote, and more

About 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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  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H5BN0Q
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Groh TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
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I've been sitting on boards for 5 years now and just joined an executive committee this year. I've fumbled through parliamentary procedures by watching others and following behaviors but I'm sure, with my outspoken nature, I've broken a rule or two.

Having this to read through has not only reinforced the things that I have learned, while explaining them as well, but given me even more knowledge of how to conduct myself during one of these meetings.

I liked having the history and reasoning explained with varying degrees of formality (one of my boards is lose and the other is more formal). I liked having terminology that I've just presumed I knew, explained and defined.

This is very complete, told with humor and detail. You can read it through or just find the parts that pertain to you. Maybe you're rewriting by-laws, or you are attending an annual meeting, just read up on what is pertinent to you. If you are acting as or soon to be acting as chairman, you'd better read it all the way through so that you can run an effective and proper meeting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Templar VINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
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This was a good book on the subject. Still, I highly recommend that you buy Robert's Rules too. I can't say that this book changed my outlook dramatically. It did offer some useful information. I do recommend this book; however don't make it your only source for material on this subject. Do buy Robert's Rules as well: Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judi Boston on July 25, 2013
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I have just started using this along with RRO 11th. Edition, but so far have found it to be invaluable in understand Parliamentary procedures and particularly helpful in working on bylaws.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CARL STEWART on June 16, 2013
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Anyone who is a member of an organization that has regular (or even irregular) meetings should know Robert's Rules. While there are a number of guides to conducting meetings, Robert's has certainly stood the test of time. I have looked through many of the books in the ".....For Dummies" series and there is almost always valuable information. Yes, it can be a bit embarrassing taking out a book on the subway that has the word "Dummies" prominently displayed, but get over it. If you know that you are not a dummy....or at least not always one...then what difference does it make that the person across from you blasting Kanye West through his earbuds thinks you are?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AmazonFan VINE VOICE on December 17, 2014
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Robert's Rules for Dummies provides an easy to understand overview of Robert's Rules of Order. It hits on what most organizations will need to run an effective meeting and provides some good guidance on how participants and organization chairs can improve their meeting leadership skills.
For anyone in a leadership position, this will not replace a full copy of Robert's Rules but it will help you understand the basics.
I do wish that the Dummies book cited Robert's Rules when explaining a particular issue. For instance, when explaining the various ways to take a vote, it would be nice to know where to find this information in the official Robert's Rules (not by page but by section) since it may be necessary to reference it during a contentious meeting.
Otherwise, this is an easy read and recommended as a supplement to the official Robert's Rules of Order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2012
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This hefty book has 384 pages about how to put Robert's Rules into practice to have a fair and effective meeting. I serve on a local design review commission which has judicial authority, so I wanted to have a greater understanding about my rights and responsibilities in facilitating a successful meeting.

While most of the time, our meetings are pretty friendly and easy going, there are occasional topics which become heated, and after weathering a few of those, I wanted just a little bit more advice about how to handle disagreements and hot button issues in a dignified way to where everybody felt heard and the commission could come to a reasonable conclusion and move the project forward.

This book shared a lot of options and ideas for how to word things, options for different motions that one can make to guide the debate, and other issues of procedure which genuinely help the meeting become more helpful for all those attending.

I would recommend that chairs and vice chairs read or at least skim the entire book so they know all of their potential options for handling a meeting. People like me, who aren't the chair and just want to be a good commission member, might end up just skimming the book and reading sections that are of most interest, or using the book as a reference on how to handle different issues that may come up prior to a difficult meeting.

Overall, I love the format of this Dummies book and how bullet points and sidebars are used to make it easy to navigate and easy to understand all of the information presented. A book like this could easily be a terrible bore, but the author used a number of colorful examples throughout the book which made me smile and made it a pleasure to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison on July 25, 2012
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Jennings takes a complicated and wide topic and deconstructs it for easy comprehension. The book is well organized and entertaining. This would be a wonderful asset to new presiding officers and organization members who wish to actively participate. Highest recommendation!
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