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Little Ben

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 January 12, 2013

Can you Speak at a Pubic Meeting?
This article tells of a City Councilwoman's observing a Senate Committee. She made the mistake of yelling something out and was arrested by the Capitol police. So what are the rules for speaking at a public meeting? This article tells you.
Published on February 6, 2017

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 January 19, 2013

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to monopolize
The right to debate an issue and the rules of debate.
Published on September 22, 2017

How to withdraw a main motion
  The country just experienced what happens when a motion is withdrawn—no vote is taken.  When the Republicans pulled the Healthcare bill and did not allow it to go to vote, there was no record of defeat.  The motion to withdraw is a very helpful motion in an organization. ...
Published on March 27, 2017

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 November 12, 2014

The order of a business meeting and how to conduct a meeting.
Published on September 22, 2017

  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 March 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 February 7, 2013

  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 January 22, 2013

Hints for members on how to participate in a meeting with courtesy.
Published on September 22, 2017

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 January 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 January 12, 2013

Parliamentary Maneuvers.
This article explains how a Senate Committee suspended the rules to get nominations forward. It then tells the difference between the Senate parliamentary rules and Robert's Rules of Order.
Published on February 6, 2017

Past President
The pitfalls of having the office of past president in the bylaws.
Published on December 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 January 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 December 2, 2014

Too many Agendas!
What do when everyone wants to do his own thing and no one agrees on anything? This article tells how to nip the "too many agenda" syndrome and bring unity back to an organization or government body.
Published on April 23, 2017

Too Many Agendas!
TOO MANY AGENDAS! In government today, much of the disunity is caused by different groups pushing their own agenda. In the news, we read that the President has his agenda. Congress has one, also. Within Congress, there are various subgroups with their differing agendas. And the citizens push for their own agendas. Usually, these agendas do not agree. Then government breaks down, nothing seems to get accomplished, and citizens riot in the street to express their displeasure with the whole process.
Published on April 24, 2017

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 November 14, 2014