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Robert’s Rules of Order

In the last 9 months I have been involved in a number of political (small p) meetings where Robert’s Rules of Order have been applied.  Whilst I have been to and have chaired more meetings than you can shake a stick at, I had not previously recognised Robert’s strict discipline.


The first edition of the book, whose full title was Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies, was published in February 1876. Robert revised the book four times before his death in 1923.  To date the original tome has been revised 11 times and there is a simpler version entitled ” …. In Brief” which was written by Robert’s grandson.

However, I have scanned the internet as you do, for a summary and came across this; Roberts Rules for Dummies Cheat Sheet.  Thought it was worth sharing …

Not that I am advocating short cuts – as whenever we take short cuts our followers assume this is the norm and will find their own short cuts.  Before you know it the management of meetings are slipshod.  However, if you are unfamiliar of the formal rules of parliamentary procedures then this is a good starting point.  And you never know, you might get hooked! Like me.

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