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Webster's New World Robert's Rules of Order Simplified and Applied, 2nd Edition Paperback – August 29, 2001

ISBN-13: 078-5555060258 ISBN-10: 0764563998 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Webster's New World Roberts Rules of Order
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Webster's New World; 2 edition (August 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764563998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764563997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Comprehensive...Authoritative...and User-friendly! Parliamentary procedure in plain English Now updated and expanded, this essential resource explains the rules of parliamentary procedure in clear, simple language and shows you how to apply them in a practical, effective way. Organized and cross-referenced so you can find what you need quickly and easily, it includes:
* Clear discussions of the concepts behind each rule that give you a firm foundation
* Down-to-earth examples that show you how to apply the rules to your own situation
* Real-world "scripts" that remove guesswork about what you should say
* Detailed examples of agendas and minutes to help you organize and record your meetings
* Step-by-step strategies for taking - or blocking - action
* Timesaving tips to make your meetings more efficient
This revised edition includes new information on proper procedures for conducting meetings online, voting by mail and by e-mail, and adopting election procedures to help your organization prevent ballot fiascos. Information and video series available at the authors' Web site www.parli.com A Webster's New World Book www.hungryminds.com

About the Author

Robert McConnell Productions is a multimedia company providing simplified information about parliamentary procedure in the form of videos, books, magazine articles, and a website: http://parli.com, which was the first Web site about parliamentary procedure on the Internet. The company also makes and markets videos about France, Russia, and Cuba, and produces custom-made videos for corporate clients. Robert McConnell Productions has been in business since 1993.

Customer Reviews

Is very easy to understand as well and easy to follow instructions and examples to use.
Abdul Hadi Othman
If you are interested in parliamentary procedure for a PTO, club, or church business meetings, you are also unlikely to need the most recent edition.
A Reader
I passed my copy to the next Board Administrator and just ordered a new copy for myself.
Seoulqwen

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Do not be confused. This book is not Robert's Rules of Order (RROO). It is a companion volume designed to explain RROO. It is, however, a very good companion which I found to be very easy to understand and contained some very up-to-date information like how to vote by e-mail.

It has some other nice features like scripts to use in meetings. However, it lacks a simple table of motions, something that is included in most versions of RROO.

Unfortunately, the most up-to-date official version of RROO (the Newly Revised, 10th edition) is a huge book compared to the original volume that Mr. Robert wrote in 1876 as a pocket guide. To me, the large size makes the newest edition virtually useless. If you are interested in parliamentary procedure for a PTO, club, or church business meetings, you are also unlikely to need the most recent edition.

The last edition that Robert himself was personally involved in before his death was the 1915 Revised edition (not to be confused with the Newly Revised versions). This was the official version for many decades and I think is still good enough for most users. I purchased a paperback re-print of this edition from 1970 which also added a new preface by Robert's grandson.

Some supposedly modern editions of RROO are really just re-writes of the original 1876 version. I assume that as the original book is so old, it has long run out of copyright, so anybody can publish their own RROO. This may be a good thing as people looking for a more slimmed-down book may be happier with a modernized version of Robert's original pocket version. However, the 1915 edition, while expanded significantly over the original, is not so huge and I think a reasonable compromise.

So, to make a long story short. I would recommend purchasing some official version of RROO (again, I like the 1915 edition) along with Webster's book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seoulqwen on May 16, 2007
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I accepted a position as Board Adminstrator for a charity organization overseas. Prior to that, I had heard about Robert's Rules of Order, but had never used the book as a reference. In my time as a Board Administrator, I referred to this book often for a proposed amendment to our Constitution and By-Laws, procedures for notifying members of the Annual General Meeting, and to clarify the motion-making procedure for Board members. Robert McConnell Productions uses sample scripts to give readers can get a sense for how to conduct a board meeting (Chapter 2, "A Business Meeting in Action"), how to debate a motion (Chapter 4, "Rules of Debate"), and how to vote (Chapter 5, "Ways the Vote Can be Taken"). I passed my copy to the next Board Administrator and just ordered a new copy for myself. Board members have a significant advantage in Board negotiations if they are intimately familiar with RRO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2008
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This book was a great reference tool these past few years. It was easy to look up the topic in question and find an answer to the questions we might have had. It is well laid out and easy to use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Granja on January 28, 2010
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This is certainly a good book, even excellent at times, but by no means great. The first half does flow logically through the different kinds of motions and such, but uses the language of Robert's Rules to define Robert's Rules, which can be very frustrating. Sort of like a dictionary using the same word to define itself. (This is published by Webster's so I guess that should be expected.) Very dry and not particularly pleasant reading but, well, functional. The middle of the book is still dry but more narrative, discussing strategy, meetings, bylaws, officers, etc. There are some Q & A and addendum material. The result is that information is scattered about the book in a repetitive and confusing manner which makes it difficult to refer back to if you're looking for specific information.

The second half of the book is where most of the value lies. I haven't found many books that discuss "strategy" of Robert's Rules and that's where the book is often excellent. It discusses things that aren't obvious by just reading the rules, like how motions can be used strategically or manipulatively. Still not great reading, but this is what really matters when learning parliamentary process, otherwise you're at a disavantage to those who know this information. So, kudos to this book for giving it some attention.

Anyway, it's not very concise, you'd think there's be some good summary charts but there isn't really. Practically speaking, it's not good as a reference. Still, if you work your way through it you will piece together a good idea of how Robert's Rules work in an organization, but of course you'd probably want a copy of another concise reference in the future rather than referring back to this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abdul Hadi Othman on February 13, 2008
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I am the CEO and CHAIR of my Organization known as the Canadian0-Kurdish Association for Human Rights, INC. and we have our own set of "by-laws", this book, "Robert's Rules of Order is simple to read and very easy to use. I am very please and satisfied with it's contents. Is very easy to understand as well and easy to follow instructions and examples to use. I am glad I have purchased it. Thank-You.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne on December 16, 2008
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This book is user friendly. Very comprehensive. Roberts Rules have never been easier to understand. Highly recommend.
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