Your Continuing Education Is Our Passion!

Learn something new, refresh your knowledge, and learn from others. Choose from more than 45 educational offerings at this year’s convention. They include workshops, hands-on laboratories on such topics as motions, governing documents, minute taking, presiding, opinion writing — just to name a few.

All offerings tie back to NAP’s Body of Knowledge, which outlines the competencies consultants, leaders, and members need to run effective meetings and organizations.

DateTimeTrackTitleDescriptionPresenters
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Governing DocumentsBylaws: What Clients Have Taught Us About Bylaws"What Clients Have Taught Us About Bylaws” will open your eyes to new adventures in evaluating bylaws. Join an experienced bylaws expert as she points out reasons for careful consideration and application of an organization’s rules. Nancy Sylvester, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Business PracticesServing Churches and DenominationsServing churches and religious denominations is a specialty that parliamentarians should consider. However, if you are planning to do this, you must be willing to delve deeply into the history, theology, and practice of the denomination you wish to serve. Often denominations have sets of rules that come from “Books of Discipline” or other religious documents that are more governing than their bylaws and RONR. This workshop will explore issues parliamentarians need to be aware of when proposing to serve a church or religious denomination.Dr. Leonard Young, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.MotionsTeach Interactively to Engage & EnlightenThis workshop will demonstrate 4 practical and effective methods to teach interactively. It is just as easy to do it right as it is to do it less than right. The learner will be engaged, empowered, and enlightened.Lorenzo Cuesta, PRP; Tamara Dunning, RP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Meeting ManagementBoard Creep: What a BOD Can and Cannot DoBoard Creep is the tendency of boards and committees to assume more authority than has been delegated to them. This session will cover board duties and operations and will clarify the source and limits of their powers.Adam Hathaway, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.EducationNavigating Robert's Rules of Order Newly RevisedThis interactive workshop takes an extensive look at how RONR is laid out and provides helpful tips for quickly and intuitively finding the exact information you need.Timothy Wynn, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.CredentialingParliamentary Expertise in CourtThis workshop will discuss how a credentialed parliamentarian can be qualified as an expert witness who can give opinions in court. The workshop will address how a parliamentarian can testify as to what rules apply in a specific case. Details will be provided on how to prepare for testimony with the lawyer beforehand and how to provide confident, competent, expert testimony.Alison Wallis, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Parliamentary MixturePsychology of VotingThis workshop will look at the aspects of ballot design and the how ballot design can affect voting patterns and results.James Stewart, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Governing DocumentsFederal, State Statutes, and Articles of Incorporation: What Parliamentarians and Organization Leaders Need to Know About the Intersection of Parliamentary Procedure and the LawLearn why it is important for leaders to be aware of federal, state, and local laws as the organization’s rules are established and followed.Carl Silverman, PRP; Alison Wallis, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Business PracticesBody Language for ParliamentariansRONR information on body language is limited to instruction on when to stand when presiding. Parliamentarians are expected to be impartial. While language is an important part of this, a large part of communication is non-verbal, expressed through body language. The study of body language is therefore appropriate for parliamentarians. This includes dress, body position and facial expressions.Carl Nohr, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.MotionsParliamentary Olympics: Rules by the NumbersOn Your Mark, Get Set, GO! Welcome to the 2019 Olympic Games of Parliamentary Rules. This workshop will teach another way of learning and thinking about rules found in RONR. Run, swim, balance, and dance your way to a gold medal! (Running shoes, bathing suits, and leotards are optional.) This lesson is an interactive exercise for participants to show their strength in subjects found in each chapter in RONR (11th ed.) in a race for the gold medal by competing in Olympic-style events. The lesson provides an opportunity for an overall review RONR (11th ed.) from the principles underlying parliamentary law to ensuring fairness in a trial. The competitive events are focused on the numbers of topics, concepts, elements, procedures or steps necessary to process and dispose of business in a deliberative assembly.Vivian Vincent, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Parliamentary MixtureProcess Made Real: Supreme Court ImpeachmentA true behind-the-scene look at the practical use of procedure to remove justices of the Supreme Court of West Virginia.Roger Hanshaw, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.EducationCreative Teaching Strategies for a Stellar PerformanceThe presenter will showcase several creative teaching strategies for the delivery of parliamentary procedure content to encourage teachers to make learning meaningful, fun, and interactive to aid in knowledge retention and effective application. Participants will leave this workshop with tangible, easy to implement ideas about how to enhance their teaching of parliamentary procedure for a wide variety of audiences.Robert Blair, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.CredentialingEthics: Black and White or 50 Shades of Gray?Join members of the Ethics Committee in determining scenarios exhibiting traits of fairness, kindness, and general good behavior; i.e., ethics – beliefs about right and wrong. Come share your variances of shade of gray influence in today’s ever-changing world.Weldon Merritt, PRP; Denise Irminger, PRP
Thursday, September 5, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Parliamentary MixtureJohn Nominee is Elected, or is He?Have you ever attended an election where the presiding officer and the parliamentarian appeared to have met for the very first time? Have you been in an election where the tellers report was delivered incorrectly and where the chair declared a candidate "elected" when there should have been "no election?" If you answered "no" to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Bring your RONR and be prepared to learn, grow, and have some fun.Daniel Jackson, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Governing DocumentsSpecial Rules of Order "Where Do These Belong"Why are special rules of order important to your organization? Should an organization include a parliamentary authority in their bylaws? Which governing document provides answers to client’s questions? Join the parliamentary team of three in an application using bylaws to answer the client’s dilemma.Sandy Olson, PRP; Ronald Stinson, PRP; Lynna Gene Cook, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Business PracticesUnderstanding Financial Statements & Improving Profitability: Valuing Your BusinessServing as a parliamentarian requires parliamentary content knowledge. But have you considered that a certain level of business savvy is needed to effectively manage your parliamentary practice? If yes, this workshop opportunity is for you. Come interact with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors! You will have the opportunity to ask your questions about managing the business of serving as parliamentarian.Darwin Hopwood
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.MotionsFilling Blanks Intelligently Using Creativity and LogicFilling blanks is an underused device for considering an unlimited number of alternative choices, yet is an ideal way of efficiently resolving several classes of issues. Moreover, under the guidance of an adept presiding officer or parliamentarian, filling blanks can be more intuitive and less confusing than approaches such as moving for secondary amends. This workshop will focus on developing skills in planning and adeptly executing blanks during deliberative meetings. You will develop a model for how filling blanks helps balance the rights of the majority and the minority, and to how tailoring the blank filling process to the assembly and the situation can strengthen the credibility of the process and the outcome.Jason Morgan, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Meeting ManagementThe "Whole Committee" or the "Hole" CommitteeAn examination of the use of Committee of the Whole, and its alternate forms - Quasi Committee of the Whole and Informal Consideration.Kevin Connelly, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.EducationWhen Real Life Meets Book LearningRONR -- and other parliamentary authorities -- cannot keep up with all the technological changes. Thus, real life meets book learning and proves that real life is far more complicated than the books make it sound! This workshop will focus on how to adapt to client issues when technology has capabilities RONR does not address.Nancy Sylvester, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.CredentialingCredentialing Commission Training for Prospective Evaluators (RPs and PRPs only)The Commission is looking for credentialed members interested in serving as evaluators for the new RP process. Find out what to expect and what would be expected of you.
Friday, September 6, 20191:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Parliamentary MixtureParli Pro in Pop CultureThis is an interactive workshop you won't want to miss! Attendees will watch clips of "business meetings" from popular movies and TV shows and then critique whether the clip followed proper procedure under Robert's. This will be followed by an open discussion about what we as parliamentarians can do to educate our communities about these common misconceptions that are perpetuated through film.Donald Garrett, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Governing DocumentsStanding Rules: Can You Identify Standing RulesDoes your organization know the value of having effective administrative rules? How are effective policies and procedures developed? Join a parliamentary guru in understanding the weight effective standing rules plays in answering client’s questions and assisting with the structure of understandable governing documents.Ann Guiberson, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Business PracticesUnderstanding Financial Statements & Improving Profitability: Valuing Your BusinessServing as a parliamentarian requires parliamentary content knowledge. But have you considered that a certain level of business savvy is needed to effectively manage your parliamentary practice? If yes, this workshop opportunity is for you. Come interact with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors! You will have the opportunity to ask your questions about managing the business of serving as parliamentarian.Darwin Hopwood
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.MotionsTaking Actions on Motions Previously Adopted: Rescind & ReconsiderThis workshop will focus on the motions to Rescind and Reconsider. Interactive participation, case analysis, and issue scenarios will be provided as participants learn, discuss, debate the characteristics, rules, and actions of the motions to Rescind and the motion to Reconsider. Participants will present motions to rescind and reconsider and participate in processing the requests, all designed to meet the democratic rules and processes, as required in RONR, 11th Ed.Cynthia Mayo, PRP; Margie Booker, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Meeting ManagementWriting Committee Reports and RecommendationsGuidance for Committee Chairs on the best way to compose a report that contains recommendations which need to be framed for consideration by the organization and move the adoption of the committee's recommendations.William Puette, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.EducationUsing Technology Tools to Teach Parliamentary ProcedureLearn about the technology tools available to Parliamentary instructors.Michael Peck, PRP
Friday, September 6, 20192:45 p.m-3:45 p.m.Parliamentary MixtureElectronic Meetings that Pass Parliamentary MusterThis workshop is an overview of state-of-the-art video conferencing tools and how to use them to achieve essential parliamentary requirements for deliberative assemblies. It will focus on Zoom and internet software for voting. It will also provide sample electronic meeting rules.Lawrence Taylor, RP
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Governing DocumentsInterpretation of Governing DocumentsAre you equipped to handle questions that relate to your governing documents when they seem to contradict? Join a parliamentarian attorney team as they interactively challenge you to decide the meaning of your governing documents.Carl Silverman, PRP; Alison Wallis, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Business PracticesDeveloping a Business PlanWhy do you need a business plan for your parliamentary business? How do you create one and use it? Find the answers to these and other questions. Bill Litchman
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.MotionsHow to Fix ItThis presentation describes many meeting problems that could be solved using Standing Rules.The presenter will describe a volunteer, a leader, and the pitfalls of meetings that lead to poor attendance. Chances are that using Standing Rules will improve meetings.Olivia Headley, RP
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Parliamentary MixtureAbsentee Voting in Modern AssociationsIn today’s fast-paced world, many organizations are thinking of new ways to engage with members, including voting on select matters and elections outside of a meeting. Before charging ahead, what exactly can be done according to Robert’s Rules? This workshop will explore the processes of voting by mail or by electronic means, examine the pros and cons of each, and discuss best practices for holding these elections fairly and honestly.Brandon Walters, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.EducationWhat Robert's Doesn't Say About EducationThis workshop covers the highlights of how different age groups prefer to receive information. It will also provide participants with several interactive methods (experimental learning) to enhance their teaching of parliamentary law.Edward Magiste
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Meeting ManagementDealing with the Problem Child in a MeetingThrough videos of actual meetings, we will explore proper handling of disruptive members in a meeting. We will pay particular attention to the limits of the power of the chair and the tools the chair may use to encourage enforcement of discipline by the assembly.Charles Schulz, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 20199:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.CredentialingCase Studies in Parliamentary ProcedureThe case study method has been used in the study of law, business, and the behavioral sciences. So why not parliamentary procedure? The facts surrounding several legal cases will be presented. Participants will apply their parliamentary knowledge to obtain a conclusion, which will then be compared to the conclusions drawn in the legal case.Kirk Overbey, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Governing DocumentsRule by the RulesThis workshop will work with 20 scenarios by assigning a presiding officer to each and choosing a member to toss out a prepared question, challenge, or motion as part of each scenario. After each story-line is fully played out, all members present will have the opportunity to discuss possible better ways of handling each situation. Come prepared to participate as a "volunteer" in order to practice presiding skills or as a sharing member of the group in order to help improve the skills of others.David Mezzera, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Business PracticesSubmit for Print: Putting your Parliamentary Influence in WritingPutting your parliamentary knowledge on paper, specifically to be printed in a publication or newsletter, increases your exposure and expertise as a parliamentarian! This workshop focuses on writing parliamentary topics for a specific, target audience. In addition, advice will be gleaned from NAP member-authors whose contributions have been selected more than once to be published in National Parliamentarian. This workshop is sure to inspire all NAP members – from the newest member to anyone credentialed as Professional Registered Parliamentarian – to be a writer or editor.Karen Watson, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.MotionsThe Practical Use of Motion Script CardsWith some debate and active participation, participants will be able to quickly use the Motion Script cards during meetings and also have a tool to teach how to use the Motion Script Cards. Be sure to bring your set of Motion Script Cards with you. (You may purchase them in the onsite Bookstore prior to the workshop.)Donna Thompson, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Meeting ManagementDisciplinary TrialThe Milpitas Choral Society has a dilemma. Rumors are circulating that the music director has been seen doing shots and singing karaoke to the detriment of the Society's reputation. Now the President must preside over trial a to determine what happened and what to do. Come, take part and vote!Esther Heller, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.EducationQuestions I'd Like You to Answer for MeI learned parliamentary procedure by posing complicated scenarios to experts on the online RONR Question & Answer Forum. Reading their responses was a great way to learn how parliamentary rules apply in practice. For this workshop, I’ll seek input on some scenarios to which I have no satisfying solution.Daniel Seabold, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.CredentialingYouth Competitions: A Review of the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development EventThis workshop will include a wide array of training topics including (but not limited to): overview of current event, techniques to teach parliamentarian abilities, team resources, recruiting & selecting team members, conducting premium practice, preparing for the exam, moving debates from good to excellent, minutes, oral questions, and more! Workshop participants will determine which topics are focused on and delved into the most.Daniel Foster, PRP
Saturday, September 7, 201910:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Parliamentary MixtureWebsite DevelopmentBring your laptop and your excitement for your unit, association, or district, and leave with a basic website for your organization.Shanda Ross, Loretta Tillery
Saturday, September 7, 20191:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.EducationPresiding LaboratoriesEach of the presiding laboratories provide a safe space to practice presiding. They give you an opportunity to think on your feet in a “life-like” presiding setting; demonstrate your knowledge of the action required of a presiding officer; and generally strut your stuff! Labs are available at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.
Saturday, September 7, 20191:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.EducationParliamentarian LaboratoriesWhat does it take to be a successful parliamentarian? That’s what this interactive laboratory will explore. Choose the level that best suits you. Labs are available at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.
Saturday, September 7, 20191:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.EducationSecretary Lab - All LevelsAre meeting minutes always a question mark for you? Are you hearing minutes that take as long to read as the meeting? Then the Secretary Lab experience is for you. Sign up to save your space and come practice taking meeting minutes in a safe space with other learners and supportive coaches.
Sunday, September 8, 201910:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Revising Robert's RulesIn anticipation of the forthcoming publication of the 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, the presenters will review the evolution of the manual through the preceding editions and describe the goals and methods of revising it.Daniel Seabold, PRP; Thomas J. Balch, PRP