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Advanced Parliamentary Procedure
for Tribal Organizations



This advanced class will help you move beyond the basics to a deeper understanding of how parliamentary procedure and the intricacies of meeting management can make your organization more productive and responsive. Regardless of the parliamentary procedure you are currently using, youíll learn to master the terminology, employ effective meeting strategies and demonstrate superior facilitation skills. Youíll develop useful techniques for handling difficult and unruly meeting participants and learn how to effectively use your governing documents. And youíll put it all to work in a mock meeting designed to give you practical experience with the application of parliamentary procedure.

Please note: to meet the objectives of mastery, the class will be conducted with a large degree of hands-on activities, group projects and experiential learning, so come prepared to actively participate.

Perfect for tribal chairpersons, board/council members, presidents, tribal administrators, principals, administrative professionals, and committee organizers and chairs.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
By the end of Day 1, you'll be able to:
  • Interpret and correctly use the chart of motions
  • Explain the rules for voting and quorums
  • Provide specific examples of actions that promote or detract from the foundational principles of parliamentary procedures, including democracy, fairness, respect, and majority rule (while protecting the minority)
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of different board members
  • Explain the various committee roles
  • List the notable changes from the last RONR to the current edition
By the end of Day 2, you'll be able to:
  • Evaluate the utility of your tribeís rules of order
  • Decide when Robertís Rules are best to use and when itís best to modify them to fit your tribeís unique needs
  • Write or revise your tribeís rules of order, including bylaws, standing rules, and parliamentary procedure
  • Evaluate meetings for their effectiveness and efficiency, and identify strategies for improvement
  • Select appropriate strategies for various types of meetings, including regular, informal, board, adjourned, executive, special and electronic meetings
  • Anticipate and proactively address environmental factors that may affect meetings
  • Identify and employ strategies for handling difficult members and disciplining unruly members
  • Identify the factors that go into taking and disseminating effective meeting minutes, including deciding what goes into minutes/what stays out, how and when to distribute the minutes, what to do after minutes are approved, and who the executive board is and what their role should be
By the end of Day 3, you'll be able to:
  • Identify and employ strategies for using motions effectively to adopt or defeat a motion
  • Process motions strategically to effectively problem-solve and ensure that meeting goals are accomplished
  • Use parliamentary procedures as a leadership tool to skillfully facilitate meetings and successfully navigate challenging situations
  • Effectively facilitate a mock meeting, including correctly making motions and facilitating proper voting
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