Robert’s Rules for Elected Officials

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Learn how to use Robert’s Rules for better meetings

You’re elected to serve your community….which means your job involves council meetings - lots and lots of meetings.

You know the pain of inefficient and unproductive meetings:

  • Personal agendas that don’t benefit the community you serve, meaning struggle and roadblocks during discussions
  • Lack of trust among members so people don’t listen
  • Different political views making members rude to one another
  • Some members like to argue… for the sake of argument

If your council, commission, or board meetings sound like this then you need help.

Jurassic Parliament has everything you need to learn core principles of Robert’s Rules.

We will also show you how to get other officials to understand and adopt them for fair, democratic, and effective meetings.

What will better meetings mean for you?

Greater job fulfilment

Poorly managed meetings mean you’re not able to make the positive impact that you desire for the community you’re elected to serve.

Increased community benefit

Effective meetings mean that the community you serve benefits from better services.

It takes less time to make a decision so services are offered faster.

Less time wasted

No one appreciates wasting valuable hours.

Decisions are made more quickly because everyone understands and agrees to follow Robert’s Rules.


Hi. I’m Ann Macfarlane.

I know the frustration of ineffective council meetings. I can help you change your next meeting:

Master parliamentary procedures

Stop bullies who just want to argue

Get your voice heard

Solicit cooperation from other elected colleagues

I’ve worked as a diplomat for the U.S. Government. Through my work as a translator, I’ve helped hundreds of people communicate effectively across cultures.

Sixteen years of experience working with electoral bodies means I have answered 100s of actual on-the-job questions about Robert’s Rules. I can help you, too. I work with city, town, and county councils, utility boards, special districts, planning commissions, overnmental associations, and anyone who wants better meetings.

I’m a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and I know how effective government works. 

In fact, together with my partner, Andrew Estep, we wrote the book for local government: Mastering Council Meetings. There’s nothing like our book. Click here to learn more and download a sample chapter.

Ann Macfarlane is a trusted trainer for these organizations:

City of Bainbridge Island WA
City of Bellingham WA
City of Blaine WA
City of Bothell WA
City of Burien WA
City of Chico CA
City of Cordova AK
City of Edmonds WA
City of Enumclaw WA
City of Ferndale WA
City of Gig Harbor WA
City of Kenmore WA
City of Kent WA
City of Kirkland WA
City of Liberty Lake WA
City of Long Beach WA
City of Loveland CO

City of Lynnwood WA
City of Medina WA
City of Millwood WA
City of Newcastle WA
City of Olympia WA
City of Pacific WA
City of Port Angeles WA
City of Port Orchard WA
City of Port Townsend WA
City of Renton WA
City of Sammamish WA
City of SeaTac WA
City of Seattle WA
City of Sedro-Woolley WA
City of Selah WA
City of Sequim WA
City of Shelton WA

City of Shoreline WA
City of Snoqualmie WA
City of Sultan WA
City of Sumner WA
City of Tonasket WA
City of Tukwila WA
City of Wenatchee WA
City of West Lynn OR
City of Woodinville WA
City of Woodland WA
City of Yakima WA

King County WA
Pierce County WA
Snohomish County WA
Spokane County WA
Whatcom County WA

Columbia River PUD
Jefferson County PUD
Nevada Poolpact
PenMet Parks
Port of Olympia WA
Scotts Valley CA Water District
Snohomish County Ag Board
Sound Cities Association
Washington Public Ports Assoc
Washington State Parks

Really helpful, Ann. You make it all so clear and achievable. I’ll be relying on your lessons at every future meeting.

Bob Walter, Council Member, City of Eatonville WA

Every single one of us walked out the session feeling so much more confident and comfortable with the subject of parliamentary procedure. We are so appreciative! I can’t wait for our next training session!

Tiffany Aliment, Dept of Planning & Public Works, Pierce County WA

Ann, you are a constant amazement in your ability to concisely deliver value.

Karen Macedonio, East Kern Health Care District


Quick Introduction to Robert’s Rules
email course

  • Short emails to cover key information
  • Easy to read and absorb in 5 minutes a day
  • Builds the foundation for your local government
  • Enjoyable and interesting content, highly practical



Great City Council Meetings
on-demand webinar

  • On Demand to watch when it fits your schedule
  • In-depth training in under an hour
  • Get a group license so your whole council can watch and learn together
  • Tailored materials specific to elected government



Take Control of Your Meetings Using Robert’s Rules
online course

  • Learn at your own pace, any time, any where
  • Each lesson is short averaging 6 minutes
  • Entertaining video clips bring the message home
  • Pages and pages of printable resources for quick reference


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