What Is "Robert's Rules of Order"?


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"Robert's Rules of Order" is a guide of the protocols and procedures used by businesses and organizations to effectively run a meeting. Originally called "Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies," it was written and first published by Brig. Gen. Henry Martyn Robert in 1876.

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"Robert's Rules of Order" is based off of parliamentary law, and offers strict guidelines on such topics as how to lead a debate, propose, second, and vote on a motion, recognize a speaker, and how to form and run a committee. It has been revised several times throughout its history, most recently in 2011.

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