Advice on
Robert's Rules of Order  and
Parliamentary Procedure

          Your one-stop web site for all things parliamentary

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       Just to clarify the terminology:

       Q. What is the difference between
           Robert's Rules vs. parliamentary procedure?
       The correct generic name for those democratic practices where making motions and majority vote are the primary tools of decision-making is "parliamentary procedure" or "parliamentary law."
       In the U.S., for a century, the most popular handbook of procedural rules regarding democratically-run membership-based meetings has been "Robert's Rules of Order."
       A person who can give advice regarding the parliamentary process is called a parliamentarian.
       I hope this website becomes your primary visiting place when you need an expert on Robert's Rules – when you need a parliamentarian.
Note on spelling: The original author was Henry M. Robert, the last name is spelled without a final "S". Not Roberts. Thus the book title is spelled with the possessive apostrophe "S" (viz., Robert's).

             Q. What are you looking for?

Advice – to a parliamentary situation
Answers – to a parliamentary question
Strategy & tactics – to fight a faction or clique

             Q. What kind of information do you need?

Referrals – for a local parliamentarian or a professional chair
Private consultation – in person, confidential
Recommendations – for a book, DVD, CD, podcast, website
Alternatives – to Robert's Rules (e.g., simpler, shorter)
Lessons – tips, techniques, pointers
A local parliamentary chapter – for ongoing education
An at-home, self-paced course – of instruction
Free information – on basic parliamentary procedure

             Q. Who do you want to contact?

A parliamentarian
A professional presiding officer
A teacher
A speaker
The national parliamentary organizations
The author/webmaster

             Q. For what size body?

Oneself – for personal development and growth
Committee
Board
General membership
Convention

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