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Parliamentary Procedure: How to Keep Your Meetings on Track with Parliamentarian Jim Slaughter

Parliamentary Procedure: How to Keep Your Meetings on Track with Parliamentarian Jim Slaughter

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Are Robert’s Rules of Order the best way to keep board and membership meetings on track? What are the other uses for this book, which was first published in February of 1876? In this episode of the Take It To The Board podcast, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Jim Slaughter, one of the premier experts on parliamentary procedure. Jim is a Certified Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure and a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, as well as past president of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, and the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He has also authored four books on proper meeting procedures, including Robert’s Rules of Order Fast Track 2022, and Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules 5th Edition. Jim attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate degree and his law degree.

Highlights Include:

  •  How does parliamentary procedure assist community associations and HOAs?
  • Who was Henry Martyn Robert, the Robert in Robert’s Rules of Order, and what does it mean to be a parliamentarian?
  • Does following Robert’s Rules of Order really speed up meetings or can it bog meetings down when used by inexperienced people?
  • How can these rules of order and parliamentary procedure keep meetings from getting out of control, especially when it comes to special assessments?
  • When are more formal meeting procedures appropriate?
  • Should boards send out a primer before adopting parliamentary procedure?
  • How would a board’s motion to hire a new general contractor be handled following Robert’s Rules of Order?
  • What are the pitfalls of not having a parliamentary procedure for meetings?
  • What are the most commonly used motions at board and membership meetings?
  • Which motions or procedures are most commonly misunderstood?
  • What does “point of order” really mean?
  • How much leeway does a board member have if a motion is worded improperly? E.g.  “out of order” vs. “not in order?”
  • How important is it for managers and board members to fully understand parliamentary procedure?
  • Now that many meetings are held virtually, how easy is it to use RRO for virtual meetings? What power does the “mute” button have?
  • What’s new in Jim’s latest book, Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules of Order, Fifth Edition?

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