Books

We are pleased to present the following books written by Jim Slaughter, Parliamentarian.

Get Parliamentary Confidence, Fast!

New Edition

Tired of meetings that ramble or run on too long? Hate being confused by the rules? Sick of parliamentary know-it-alls getting their way? You need confidence in parliamentary procedure, and you need it fast!

This new edition simplifies parliamentary procedure for average users in meetings of board and executive committees, condominium and homeowner associations, school boards, city councils, county commissions, nonprofit boards, union meetings, and conventions. Easy, accessible, and to the point, Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track: The Brief and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure for the Modern Meeting gives everything readers need to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings.

This updated volume includes:

  • The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on knowing which rules to use for your meetings.
  • Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions.
  • 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.
  • How to efficiently record your meeting's minutes.
  • Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs.
  • Extensive discussion of electronic meetings and tips for running better virtual meetings.

ORDER FROM AMAZON HERE

 

About the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of four books on meeting procedure, including Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fifth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com

Read book review of first edition (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure) here.

"Whether you preside over meetings or attend them, Notes and Comments, Fifth Edition provides you with the how and why of every aspect of parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order. It gives you the knowledge and confidence to get things done and provides you with an understanding of how to run an efficient, effective, and purposeful meeting."
Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association

ANSWERS YOU NEED NOW ABOUT ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER!

For organizations that follow Robert’s Rule of Order—including nonprofit associations, unions, HOA and condo associations, houses of worship, and governmental bodies—the new Twelfth Edition published is 2020 is your manual. However, at 714 pages of small print, Robert’s can be intimating and confusing.

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition, makes Robert’s Rules of Order accessible and an easy-to-use too.

IN THIS AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE, YOU’LL FIND:

  • Questions-and-answers covering the most misused and asked-about provisions of Robert’s, including those that apply to larger membership meetings.
  • Updated page and paragraph references to the latest Robert’s.
  • Extensive discussion of electronic/virtual/hybrid meetings.
  • Practical advice from decades of professional experience working with meetings ranging from small community association boards to conventions with 10,000 delegates.
  • Discussions of why certain provisions are included in Robert’s.
  • A comparison of Robert’s with other commonly used parliamentary manuals.
  • Extensive notes exploring parliamentary differences and history, for those who want to know more.
  • Simplified charts of parliamentary motions for quick reference.

Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules has received the Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice, an affiliate of the National Communication Association.

PRIOR FOURTH EDITION REVIEWS

"For anyone who has felt hog-tied and browbeaten by parliamentary procedures (or parliamentarians), I second the motion to get this book. Slaughter, Ragsdale, and Ericson turn the mystery of Robert's Rules into plain English. Notes and Comments on 'Robert's Rules,' Fourth Edition, is crisply organized, accessible to the novice, and invaluable to the practiced."
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

"You may own a copy of Robert's Rules. You may have even read it. But to truly understand Robert's, you need Notes and Comments on 'Robert's Rules,' Fourth Edition."
Rich Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

ORDER FROM AMAZON HERE

 

About the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of four books on meeting procedure, including Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fifth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com

Robert’s Rules of Order
Fast Track

Get Parliamentary Confidence, Fast!

New Edition

Tired of meetings that ramble or run on too long? Hate being confused by the rules? Sick of parliamentary know-it-alls getting their way? You need confidence in parliamentary procedure, and you need it fast!

This new edition simplifies parliamentary procedure for average users in meetings of board and executive committees, condominium and homeowner associations, school boards, city councils, county commissions, nonprofit boards, union meetings, and conventions. Easy, accessible, and to the point, Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track: The Brief and Easy Guide to Parliamentary Procedure for the Modern Meeting gives everything readers need to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings.

This updated volume includes:

  • The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on knowing which rules to use for your meetings.
  • Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions.
  • 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.
  • How to efficiently record your meeting's minutes.
  • Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs.
  • Extensive discussion of electronic meetings and tips for running better virtual meetings.

ORDER FROM AMAZON HERE

 

About the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of four books on meeting procedure, including Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fifth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com

Read book review of first edition (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure) here.

"Whether you preside over meetings or attend them, Notes and Comments, Fifth Edition provides you with the how and why of every aspect of parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order. It gives you the knowledge and confidence to get things done and provides you with an understanding of how to run an efficient, effective, and purposeful meeting."
Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association

ANSWERS YOU NEED NOW ABOUT ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER!

For organizations that follow Robert’s Rule of Order—including nonprofit associations, unions, HOA and condo associations, houses of worship, and governmental bodies—the new Twelfth Edition published is 2020 is your manual. However, at 714 pages of small print, Robert’s can be intimating and confusing.

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition, makes Robert’s Rules of Order accessible and an easy-to-use too.

IN THIS AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE, YOU’LL FIND:

  • Questions-and-answers covering the most misused and asked-about provisions of Robert’s, including those that apply to larger membership meetings.
  • Updated page and paragraph references to the latest Robert’s.
  • Extensive discussion of electronic/virtual/hybrid meetings.
  • Practical advice from decades of professional experience working with meetings ranging from small community association boards to conventions with 10,000 delegates.
  • Discussions of why certain provisions are included in Robert’s.
  • A comparison of Robert’s with other commonly used parliamentary manuals.
  • Extensive notes exploring parliamentary differences and history, for those who want to know more.
  • Simplified charts of parliamentary motions for quick reference.

Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules has received the Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice, an affiliate of the National Communication Association.

PRIOR FOURTH EDITION REVIEWS

"For anyone who has felt hog-tied and browbeaten by parliamentary procedures (or parliamentarians), I second the motion to get this book. Slaughter, Ragsdale, and Ericson turn the mystery of Robert's Rules into plain English. Notes and Comments on 'Robert's Rules,' Fourth Edition, is crisply organized, accessible to the novice, and invaluable to the practiced."
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

"You may own a copy of Robert's Rules. You may have even read it. But to truly understand Robert's, you need Notes and Comments on 'Robert's Rules,' Fourth Edition."
Rich Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

ORDER FROM AMAZON HERE

 

About the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of four books on meeting procedure, including Robert's Rules of Order Fast Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fifth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com