Parliamentary Procedure for Idiots

My friend and fellow CCAL member, Jim Slaughter, who teaches me something new about Parliamentary Procedure at every CCAL conference, just published a new book on running meetings.  Here’s his announcement:

As some of you know, I have two books on meeting procedure coming out this fall.  The first,The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track (from Penguin), is available today.


I don’t plan to go into bookselling, but at least want the listserve to know about the book.  This one is geared a bit more towards board meetings of nonprofits, condominium, and homeowner associations.


Here is the publisher description:

A new resource simplifies parliamentary procedure for average users in meetings of condominium and homeowner associations, school boards, city councils, county commissions, and nonprofit boards.  Easy, accessible, and to the point, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track gives everything readers need to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings.  This slim volume includes:

  • ·        The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on which rules to use for specific meetings
  • ·        What procedures are best suited for large assemblies
  • ·        When relaxed procedures may be appropriate for a smaller group or board
  • ·        Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions, plus advice on frequently used motions from Robert’s Rules of Order
  • ·        A primer on voting, from knowing when it’s required, to breaking ties, to handling absentee and proxy votes
  • ·        Straightforward strategies for setting and sticking to an agenda
  • ·        Efficiently recording meeting minutes
  • ·        Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs


The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track offers parliamentary procedures guidance that has been proven in action and includes changes from the September 2011 revision of Robert’s Rules of Order.


Tom Skiba, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Community Associations Institute, was kind enough to provide the following review:  “Big board?  Small board?  Every governing board needs to have a common framework for meetings, motions, minutes and all the other elements of parliamentary procedure.  This Fast-Track Guide provides clear and simple guidance to educate board members and help your board govern efficiently and effectively.”


If you’re interested, the book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online and traditional bookstores.





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