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Why should I learn Robert's Rules of Order?

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If you are in an organization and need to know more about Robert's rules click here. There is a new chapter in the book especially for HOA's.

                              VOLUME 7 ISSUE 3

                WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER ?

    BY ROBERT MCCONNELL PRODUCTIONS

I want you to take a step back in time with me. Do you remember how badly you wanted to learn to drive? You couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel, put the keys and the ignition, and take off cruising down the road. The windows would be rolled down with the wind blowing through your hair. Your favorite songs playing on the radio, and all your friends thinking how cool you are!

But… there was something in your way. It was called a driver’s license. You had to learn to drive. Why? So you wouldn’t cause and accident and wreck the car. And if you were like many of us, you had to take driver’s education or least have someone show you how to drive. But you also had to learn the rules of the road which meant reading the booklet of rules that the state provided so that you could pass a written test.

Why was it so important to have to learn rules of driving?

It might be so that you were doing the same the thing everyone else was doing so that there were no accidents and to prevent mass confusion.

Can you imagine what it would be like if anyone could drive on any side of the road? Or no one stopped for stop signs? Why do you think rules of driving came about? Probably the same reason rules of meeting came about – to stop chaos and bring order.

When you first started studying the rules of the road, you may have thought, "I’m never going to learn this." But as you put them into practice, they made sense and were easier to learn. They became a habit and didn’t interfere with your driving. Knowing them helped you to get from place A to place B in one piece. So it is the same with learning the rules of meetings.

When studying parliamentary procedure, it a first seems complicated until you start using them. Sometimes it may seem to interfere with getting business done. But as you use them they too become part of your knowledge and you just do them automatically without thinking about what rule it is. And you will find by using these rules that your meetings will go smoother, you will get more accomplished, and everyone’s rights will be protected. So take the time to study, and practice what you read. The rewards will be great.