Books

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

Get Parliamentary Confidence, Fast!

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 book 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, 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 your 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 your meeting’s minutes
  • Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs

This is what people are saying about the guide:

Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association, says, “If you are about to take on a leadership role in any organization, this book is a must read. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is a thorough and coherent explanation of Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Thomas Skiba, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Associations Institute writes, “Big board? Small board? This Fast-Track guide provides clear and simple guidance to educate board members and help your board govern efficiently and effectively.”

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 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com

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"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

Robert's Rules of Order has long been the standard guide to parliamentary procedure, but many readers find the manual too daunting and complex to utilize its full potential. In Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules," Fourth Edition, authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson skillfully guide users through the intricacies of the latest edition of Robert's Rules, transforming the often intimidating parliamentary guidebook into an easy-to-use tool. A reader-friendly, question-and-answer format provides immediate solutions to problems that arise during meetings, and a simplified chart of parliamentary motions is available for quick reference.

An essential volume for members of nonprofits, volunteer associations, unions, condo and homeowner associations, student organizations, and government bodies, Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules" makes parliamentary procedure accessible to meeting participants as never before. Each section of this straightforward guide is designed to empower participants with the confidence and knowledge necessary to navigate any meeting, large or small, with the utmost efficiency.

About the Authors

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Law Firm Carolinas.

Gaut Ragsdale, a Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher and a Registered Parliamentarian, is a professor at Northern Kentucky University and Associate Dean of the College of Informatics.

Jon Ericson, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies emeritus and a former provost at Drake University, is the original author of Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules."

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track

Get Parliamentary Confidence, Fast!

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 book 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, 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 your 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 your meeting’s minutes
  • Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs

This is what people are saying about the guide:

Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association, says, “If you are about to take on a leadership role in any organization, this book is a must read. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is a thorough and coherent explanation of Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Thomas Skiba, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Associations Institute writes, “Big board? Small board? This Fast-Track guide provides clear and simple guidance to educate board members and help your board govern efficiently and effectively.”

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 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition. Jim is a partner in Law Firm Carolinas. For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com

Read full book review

"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

Robert's Rules of Order has long been the standard guide to parliamentary procedure, but many readers find the manual too daunting and complex to utilize its full potential. In Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules," Fourth Edition, authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson skillfully guide users through the intricacies of the latest edition of Robert's Rules, transforming the often intimidating parliamentary guidebook into an easy-to-use tool. A reader-friendly, question-and-answer format provides immediate solutions to problems that arise during meetings, and a simplified chart of parliamentary motions is available for quick reference.

An essential volume for members of nonprofits, volunteer associations, unions, condo and homeowner associations, student organizations, and government bodies, Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules" makes parliamentary procedure accessible to meeting participants as never before. Each section of this straightforward guide is designed to empower participants with the confidence and knowledge necessary to navigate any meeting, large or small, with the utmost efficiency.

About the Authors

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Law Firm Carolinas.

Gaut Ragsdale, a Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher and a Registered Parliamentarian, is a professor at Northern Kentucky University and Associate Dean of the College of Informatics.

Jon Ericson, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies emeritus and a former provost at Drake University, is the original author of Notes and Comments on "Robert's Rules."

Read full book review