Robert’s Rules of Order

The Important Basics of Parliamentary Procedure

Class Summary

(based on last 3 sessions)

If your organization, association, board, or commission requires the use of Parliamentary Procedure, you know how daunting it can be if you are trying to learn the process on your own.  In this empowering program, you’ll learn from an expert parliamentarian who will teach the basic techniques that can make all the difference in your comfort level and professionalism when leading meetings. Time is set aside at the end of the program for Q&A so you’ll be able to clarify points and bring up scenarios/issues of particular interest to you.

“Instructor made Robert’s Rules fun and easy to understand. We learned a lot and everyone was glad they attended.”  (more)

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MGT869 5.0/3.5 Combinable
In-person: one 7-hour session; Virtual: one 4-hour session
Dwayne Roberts

Anyone required to conduct meetings with formal voting procedures and others who would like to be prepared to serve if called upon in the future.

  • Feel confident running meetings that use Parliamentary Procedure.
  • Save time and increase meeting productivity.
  • Project a professional, credible image in meeting settings.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements of a meeting conducted with Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • List the motions and order of precedence.
  • Describe the process for handling amendments.
  • Explain parliamentary voting procedures.
  • Explain a quorum.
  • Describe executive sessions and their purpose.
  • Explain the rules of debate.
  • List the key elements of effective meeting management.
  • The order of business
  • Introduction of business
    • Make a motion
    • Present a communication
    • Obtaining the floor
  • The order of motions
    • Classification of motions: principal and subsidiary
    • Types of amendments
    • Unacceptable amendments
    • Incidental motions
    • Privileged motions
  • The voting process
    • Types of votes
    • Announcing the vote
  • Rules of debate
    • Opening debate
    • Amount of debate
    • Rules of debate
    • Closing the debate
  • Rules for nominations
  • Miscellaneous issues
    • Quorums
    • Executive sessions
    • Order of reports
  • Q&A