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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?
Can you do a filibuster in the context of Robert's Rules of Order?
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!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT OFFICERS
Published on Mar 19, 2013

Little Ben's Secret to Conducting a Meeting
Little Ben says: Write a meeting script!
Published on Feb 7, 2013

MAKE A MOTION IN THE POSITIVE, NOT THE NEGATIVE
A Motion should be phrased in the positive, not the negative
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

Stop that Railroad Train!
No Railroading Allowed in Robert's Rules of Order
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