Summary of Robert's Rules Of Order Newly Revised In Brief

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In conference rooms and assembly halls around the world, people often lead and participate in meetings according to the processes detailed in Robert’s Rules of Order. The people at most sessions, however, need only about 20% of the rules and guidelines in the original book. That’s why Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann and Thomas J. Balch abbreviated the encyclopedic master text into this handy, easier-to-use version, focusing on the more up-to-date rules and uses. They cover all the basics, including how to introduce motions, participate in debates and take votes. The book also describes the jobs of the officers and board members, as well as providing templates, charts and examples of what to say and do to run meetings smoothly and fairly. Although the rules may be old-fashioned in some settings, they remain useful meeting management guidelines, particularly in forums where accountability matters. Whether you have to direct a corporate board or run a charity committee, getAbstract recommends this concise reference book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to run meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order;
  • How to use the basics of “parliamentary procedure”; and
  • How to define and manage various meeting processes, like making motions and adding amendments.

About the Authors

Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann and Thomas J. Balch were authorized by the Robert’s Rules Association Council to update Robert’s Rules of Order. Robert is the grandson of General Robert, the author of the original Rules. Evans is former president of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Honemann is an attorney. Balch is a lobbyist and analyst.



The Role of the Rules
When people gather to make decisions, they must have processes in place to ensure that their rulings are fair. Groups of less than six people would be foolish to follow a formal structure, but groups of six to twelve need an agreed-upon format for several reasons. ...

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