Survival Tips on
Robert's Rules of Order
Effective Meeting Management is defeated because 10 simple concepts are neglected.
- Only one person speaks at a time, without repeating what has already been stated.
- A speaker must be recognized before speaking, so that all know who has the floor.
- All comments are made through the chair, even if intended for another member.
- Comments are confined to the current motion or amendment, and never both.
- Discussion should alternate between Pro and Con.
- Members have no right to complain; only to make motions (e.g., amend, refer, postpone, etc.).
- No cross conversations; no interruptions; no intimidations.
- No verbal attacks of other members, not even questioning other member's motives.
- Debate time limits must be respected, unless a 2/3 vote amends the limits.
- Decisions are null and void in the absence of a quorum or as unilateral decisions.