Can a Member Really Talk Forever?
Little Ben says, Make a motion to close debate. How many times have you attended a meeting where one person drones on forever? Or the assembly keeps rehashing the issue? Or we might say “beating the dead horse?” (No disrespect to horses, of course.) Well, there is something that...
Published on Jan 12, 2013
FILIBUSTER in Robert's Rules?
LITTLE BEN SAYS: “Handle division this way.” Robert McConnell Productions received an inquiry on how to handle a meeting where members where going to filibuster a proposed bylaw amendment. Of course this Senate procedure where it allows the minority to dominate a discussion and even prevent a vote,...
Published on Jan 19, 2013
Is it time to call the sheriff?
This article explains how to keep order in a contentious meeting and what to prevent a rowdy from taking over the meeting. Then you do not have call the sheriff.
Published on Nov 12, 2014
LITTLE BEN SAYS: CHOOSE THE RIGHT OFFICERS!
IT'S TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE LITTE BEN SAYS: “CHOOSE THE RIGHT OFFICERS!” It is Spring Time everyone! It’s not only time to plant flowers but to choose officers. During this time of year many organizations are electing new officers and board members. Be sure that you do it fairly,...
Published on Mar 19, 2013
Little Ben's Secret to Conducting a Meeting
Little Ben, Company Spokesman Do your meetings run too long? Do you want to get home before Midnight? Meeting Tip: Have the president use a meeting script and the members follow the rules of debate! Now, your president and members can learn effective meeting skills to have shorter and more productive meetings. Two DVD's: How to Run a Meeting and How to Conduct...
Published on Feb 7, 2013
MAKE A MOTION IN THE POSITIVE, NOT THE NEGATIVE
LITTLE BEN SAYS: MAKE THE MOTION IN THE POSTIVE Positive thinking has been around for years. And it certainly is helpful. But putting a motion in the positive is a rule in parliamentary procedures. If you do not want to do something, then no motion needs to be made. ...
Published on Jan 22, 2013
Motion or Commotion
Little Ben says “Make a motion.” Have you ever attended a meeting where everyone is speaking or trying to propose business at the same time? It’s Little Ben’s two rowdy opponents--bedlam and confusion. Or have you attended a board meeting and everyone is discussing topic, then someone says, “I...
Published on Jan 11, 2013
No Monopolizing Allowed!
Little Ben says, “Make the motion to limit debate.” Have you ever left a meeting wanting to pull your hair out (I don’t recommend this for handling frustration) because someone monopolized the entire meeting!? There is always a solution to every meeting conundrum. The key to this problem is...
Published on Jan 12, 2013
The pitfalls of having the office of past president in the bylaws.
Published on Dec 19, 2016
Stop that Railroad Train!
LITTLE BEN SAYS: NO RAILROADING ALLOWED! A great fear that many have today is that their airplane might be high jacked and they would be taken hostage. This can happen at meetings, too! Have your ever attended a meeting where a group of people have obviously gotten together...
Published on Jan 20, 2013
Success is just a Script away
The most successful way to preside is to write and use a meeting script for each meeting.
Published on Dec 2, 2014
What's your strategy for the meeting?
To have a great meeting you must have a strategy. Both Presidents and members must have a strategy to get things done.
Published on Nov 14, 2014