Take Control of Your Meetings Using Robert's Rules

Develop your skills and master your meetings with our enjoyable online course

Get the tools to take control of your meetings today!

Our online course, "Take Control of Your Meetings Using Robert's Rules," is entertaining and practical. After registering, you will have as long as you wish to complete the course. View a sample lecture "6-2 When problems persist: Sanctions" below.


I've finished the course! Fantastic! It was more than I could have imagined. You've provided generous and excellent resources in a very accessible format.

Laurel Dahill, British Columbia

I loved the course Taking Control of Your Meetings Using Robert's Rules. This course provides an excellent overview of the purposes and central concepts in Robert's Rules of Order. The supplementary materials will provide real value to many organizations by helping them to improve productivity and the quality of their discussions. You have created a course that is engaging and useful. Thank you!

Cynthia Foley, Policy Analyst, Sound Cities Association

I really enjoyed these lectures! I liked the length and the degree of complexity. They are very manageable bites. What I appreciated most was how they pivoted on core principles. The amount of summary/restatement seemed just right to me and draws the viewer on into the next lecture. The summary keeps the momentum going from lecture to lecture. I can’t wait to sign up my next commission president to watch the whole course!

Paul White, Port of Seattle Commission Clerk

This self-paced online course will equip you to run controlled, fair and democratic meetings using four fundamental guidelines. After taking this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe how to conduct meetings as a “benevolent dictator.”
  2. State the correct action when fundamental guidelines are broken.
  3. Process the motions Point of Order and Appeal.
  4. Label and respond to five inappropriate remarks.
  5. Assert the authority of the group when the chair is out of line.

The course consists of 16 lectures you can watch on your phone or computer. Each is short and easy-to-digest, averaging 6 minutes each. Total time under 2 hours.

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Your Instructor

Ann G. Macfarlane
Ann G. Macfarlane

Ann brings her experience as a former diplomat to make Robert's Rules and meeting procedure practical and user-friendly for elected officials and directors of nonprofit boards. She is a former Russian translator and a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. With Andrew Estep, Ann is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments. Learn more here.

Course Curriculum

  Unit 2 Rights of board members
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  Unit 3 Label inappropriate remarks
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  Unit 4 Point of Order and Appeal
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  Unit 5 The chair says...
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  Unit 6 When problems persist
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  Unit 7 Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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