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Robert's Rules

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Robert's Rules for Making a Motion: Mistakes to Avoid

Robert's Rules are designed to facilitate the transaction of business by your group, not to hinder it. If you're going to be effective in meetings, you need to know the right — and wrong — ways to use [more…]

What Are Robert's Rules of Order?

Robert's Rules is practically synonymous with parliamentary procedure, and for good reason. Robert's Rules of Order sets out the parliamentary rules organizations can adopt as a guide for establishing [more…]

The Principles of Parliamentary Procedure according to Robert's Rules

Parliamentary procedure refers to the practices used in meetings to keep things orderly and give everybody a fair chance to be heard. Robert's Rules is generally regarded as the [more…]

The Different Types of Rules that an Organization Creates

When it comes to making rules under Robert's Rules, one rule stands out: A group is free to adopt whatever rules it may want or need as long as the procedure for adopting them conforms to any rules already [more…]

When Rules Conflict: Robert's Rules for Precedence

When you're using Robert's Rules to deal with different types of rules, you need to know when to follow which rule. Among the more fundamental rules, then, are those that define the order of precedence [more…]

Robert's Rules for Adopting, Amending, and Suspending Rules

If your group wants to adopt, change, or suspend a rule in the correct Robert's Rules method, this table serves as a handy reference to guide you through the requirements for dealing with each type of [more…]

The Role of Bylaws under Robert's Rules

Under Robert's Rules — or any set of parliamentary rules — your group's bylaws comprise the fundamental rules that define your organization. Your bylaws should include all the rules your group determines [more…]

Necessary Bylaws according to Robert's Rules

Any organization using Robert's Rules needs bylaws to define the organization and spell out members' rights. Your bylaws may have more articles than the basic list provided by Robert's Rules. [more…]

Robert's Rules Bylaws Checklist

A basic set of bylaws often isn't enough. Even if you use Robert's Rules as your authority, there are plenty of things that you just can't do unless you make provisions for them in your bylaws. [more…]

Robert's Rules for Amending Bylaws

No matter how good a job you've done creating your bylaws, sooner or later you'll need to change something. Robert's Rules encourages creating bylaws that can't be too easily amended, but amending them [more…]

Using Robert's Rules for Deliberative Assemblies

The time-tested rules of parliamentary procedure using Robert's Rules are applicable to meetings of several types of organizations. Most of these groups are what are known as [more…]

Types of Meetings under Robert's Rules

Meetings are what Robert's Rules was written to facilitate, and the Rules can help you run or participate in a variety of meetings, as described in the following list: [more…]

Robert's Rules for Conducting Business

Everything you do in meetings revolves around using Robert's Rules to get your business taken care of so that, ultimately, you can go home. And the whole purpose of parliamentary procedure is to facilitate [more…]

Robert's Rules for Participating in Meetings

Participating in a meeting run by Robert's Rules is not a matter of just jumping into a discussion whenever you like. You have to be recognized by the presiding officer, so knowing how to get the attention [more…]

How to Relax Robert's Rules

Some types of meeting are better suited to a not-so-strict enforcement of Robert's Rules of Order. If your group needs to consider an issue that calls for a more freewheeling discussion than close attendance [more…]

Robert's Rules for Giving Notice of a Meeting

Robert's Rules says that if you expect to do business in the name of a group, then every voting member has a right to previous notice of the meeting. It's easy to understand why: If you have a right to [more…]

Robert's Rules for Defining a Quorum

According to Robert's Rules, a quorum is the minimum number of voting members who must be present at a properly called meeting in order to conduct business in the name of the group. A quorum should consist [more…]

Robert's Rules for Setting an Agenda

At the foundation of every good meeting is a good meeting plan, or agenda. And Mr. Robert is the man with the plan. Robert's Rules provides your group with a standard [more…]

Robert's Rules for Productive Meetings: Use an Agenda

In spite of the great organizational tools and techniques available in Robert's Rules, for some reason, meetings happen all the time in which presiding officers fly by the seat of their pants — going over [more…]

Robert's Rules on Basic Motions

Even though it's the nature of meetings to have more said than done, Robert's Rules helps keep things on track by requiring that no discussion be undertaken until somebody proposes an idea for action. [more…]

The Robert's Rules Process for Handling a Main Motion

When it comes to handling a main motion, Robert's Rules streamlines the process and saves your group a lot of time. Using the following eight steps to consider ideas brought to the group in a systematic [more…]

Robert's Rules for Defining Debatable Motions

Much of the business of a group isn't debatable and therefore doesn't come under Robert's Rules for debate. After all, you don't need to debate whether to approve the minutes from the last meeting; you [more…]

Robert's Rules for Participating in a Debate

Robert's Rules require that you be recognized by the presiding officer before taking part in a debate of a motion before the group, but obtaining recognition shouldn't be too hard [more…]

Robert's Rules on Dilatory and Improper Motions

The purpose of Robert's Rules (and parliamentary procedure in general) is to facilitate the transaction of business and to achieve the deliberate will of the majority after giving the minority a full hearing [more…]

Recognized Voting Methods under Robert's Rules

Robert's Rules offers quite a selection of voting methods, whether you're voting on motions or having elections. The methods range from asking for unanimous agreement to showing how you vote by voice or [more…]

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