Here’s What You’ll Learn from Robert’s Rules Guide:
Attending a board meeting for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience. Are there assigned seats? Or, am I allowed to talk? Am I expected to talk? These are all fair questions. What most ED’s and directors learn quickly is that the chairperson of the board directs the conversation using unconventional language like “so moved” or “let’s bring this meeting to order!” This language is so unconventional that it might seem like a secret code, but it’s not. It’s from the widely adopted wisdom of the timeless classic, Robert’s Rules of Order. It’s a commonly held board myth that these rules are required, however, they are almost always used and a handy thing to know for any nonprofit professional. Here are some things this easy guide will teach you:
- Who speaks, when, and why
- Committee reports and structures
- Board director and officer positions
- The motion/voting process
Walk into your next board of directors meeting savvy and secure in your knowledge of the rules of the game.
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