I have developed an intuitive method for teaching parliamentary procedure.
Why does it matter? Read the introduction to my book.
Most approaches to teaching or explaining parliamentary procedure follow the hierarchy of motions laid out in Robert's Rules of Order (10th edition).
It is good, clear, strong stuff -- and more than 600 pages long. To judge from actual behavior in meetings, not much of what's been explained sticks in the mind of the average voting member of an organization. Even one-page summaries do not lead to real comprehension and a higher level of participation among members. Why does it matter? Read the intro.
The approach that I offer is based on a simple, precisely accurate parallel between actions in a meeting and a group trip. An excerpt from the book:
To help participants experience increasing competency with the rules, the workshop combines this intuitive approach to the need that a rule serves with interactive practice in role-play situations.
Both the workshop and the book aim to help
the learner master the two dozen or so parliamentary
rules of order which, in my experience, can make the most difference for
most people in the situations that come up most often in
meetings. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the book.
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