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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track


A new resource simplifies parliamentary procedure for average users in meetings of board and executive committees, condominium and homeowner associations, school boards, city councils, county commissions, nonprofit boards, union meetings, and conventions. Easy, accessible, and to the point, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track gives everything readers need to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings.

This slim volume includes:

bullet The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on which rules to use for your meetings
bullet What procedures are best suited for large assemblies
bullet When relaxed procedures may be appropriate for a smaller group or board
bullet Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions, plus advice on frequently used motions from Robert’s Rules of Order
bullet A primer on voting, from knowing when it’s required, to breaking ties, to handling absentee and proxy votes
bullet Straightforward strategies for setting and sticking to an agenda
bullet Efficiently recording your meeting’s minutes
bullet Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs
bullet Changes from last year’s revisions to Robert’s Rules of Order

This is what people are saying about the guide:

Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association, says, “If you are about to take on a leadership role in any organization, this book is a must read. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is a thorough and coherent explanation of Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Thomas Skiba, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Associations Institute writes, “Big board? Small board? This Fast-Track guide provides clear and simple guidance to educate board members and help your board govern efficiently and effectively.”

About the Author
Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. He serves as parliamentarian to many of the largest trade and professional associations, including the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, American Nurses Association, and National School Boards Association. Jim is Past President of the College of Community Association Lawyers and is past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition. Jim is a partner in the North Carolina law firm Black, Slaughter & Black, PA.

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