Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition NOW AVAILABLE!

This summer I let you know about the release of Robert’s Rules of Order Fast Track, a quick go-to guide that provides details on the most used motions, appropriate informal procedures for association boards, and general advice for shortening meetings. Pleased to say it was the #1 new release in its category on Amazon, as small a category as that might be.
As a follow-up, the new Fifth Edition of Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules is now available!
Regardless of your level of parliamentary experience, you’ll learn something new from Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition. The book complements Robert’s Rules of Order Fast Track, but is much more thorough and includes:

  • A question-answer format to cover the most misused and asked-about provisions of Robert’s.
  • Updates to the latest Robert’s with section references.
  • A comparison of Robert’s with other parliamentary authorities, including The Standard Code, AIP’s Standard Code, Mason’s Davidson, and many others.
  • Tips and mnemonics from other parliamentary manuals, such as Demeter.
  • 143 notes providing greater detail, exploring parliamentary history (for instance, where did the 10-minute speaking limit in Robert’s come from?), and citing recent parliamentary articles from national parliamentary publications.

The book can be found now at Amazon, traditional and online bookstores, as well as electronically for the Kindle, Nook and iPad. 

Here’s the book description:

“Whether you preside over meetings or attend them, Notes and Comments, Fifth Edition provides you with the how and why of every aspect of parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order. It gives you the knowledge and confidence to get things done and provides you with an understanding of how to run an efficient, effective, and purposeful meeting.”
Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association

For organizations that follow Robert’s Rule of Order—including nonprofit associations, unions, HOA and condo associations, houses of worship, and governmental bodies—the new Twelfth Edition published is 2020 is your manual. However, at 714 pages, Robert’s can be intimating and confusing.

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition, makes Robert’s Rules of Order accessible and an easy-to-use tool.

In this authoritative guide, you’ll find questions-and-answers covering the most misused and asked-about provisions of Robert’s, including those that apply to larger membership meeting. Other key features include.

  • Updated page and paragraph references to the latest Robert’s.
  • Extensive discussion of electronic/virtual/hybrid meetings.
  • Practical advice from decades of professional experience working with meetings ranging from small community association boards to conventions with 10,000 delegates.
  • Discussions of why certain provisions are included in Robert’s.
  • A comparison of Robert’s with other commonly used parliamentary manuals.
  • Extensive notes exploring parliamentary differences and history, for those who want to know more.
  • Simplified charts of parliamentary motions for quick reference.

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules has received the Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice, an affiliate of the National Communication Association.

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and past President of both the College of Community Association Lawyers and the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is author of four books on meeting procedure, including Robert’s Rules of Order Fast Track and Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fifth Edition.

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