10 Fundamental Rules of Parliamentary Procedure

By: Harry S. Rosenthal

Parliamentary procedure is often wrongly perceived as putting too many restrictions on board meetings. Done right it can open discussion and help meetings run more efficiently.

Have you ever attended an association business meeting only to come away frustrated by how it was run? Perhaps you were unable to speak or you felt bulldozed. The results were poor, nothing much got done, and it dragged on well beyond the scheduled end. If you ran the meeting, you may have felt similarly disappointed in the outcome. A poor meeting can really set back an otherwise sound organization....