Do Robert’s Rules drive you crazy?

Courtesy of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

When I posted this question, Betsy Cawn of Lake County, California wrote a short and pungent response. Much appreciated, Betsy!

Thanks to you, Ann, Robert’s Rules DO NOT drive me crazy — but unlearned colleagues who refuse to even discuss the abbreviated set of “simple guidelines” you provide certainly DO.

Somewhere between the extreme formality of Parliament and the casually conducted “board” meetings there is a happy medium, and that is simply that the chair presides, the agenda is the road map, and participants use basic meeting etiquette to carry out their mission.

Thank you for bridging the gaps and helping us all to learn how to behave!

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Ann Macfarlane

Ann G. Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials and nonprofit board directors and give them the tools they need for success. She is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments.