The role of a parliamentarian is to advise an organization’s presiding officer during meetings on the proper application of the rules that govern procedure at the meeting. This requires significant consultation before the meeting, and typically preparation of a script.
A professional presiding officer is a skilled parliamentarian who temporarily substitutes for a group’s usual presider in such circumstances as when there are deep divisions within the organization and it is felt an expert outsider will better give the appearance of impartiality, or when the group must deal with particularly intricate issues such as adopting a bylaws revision or conducting disciplinary procedures.
Some organizations, such as condominiums or time-shares, routinely use a professional presiding officer at their annual meetings.
An individual member, or more commonly a group of members, may retain a parliamentarian to provide advice on how properly to use the rules to accomplish an objective the client wishes to achieve during a meeting.
A parliamentarian can prepare a professional parliamentary opinion letter or memorandum addressing an issue or issues involving the proper interpretation of the governing rules. Sometimes a person only needs a telephone consultation. This is available as well.
Coaching a presiding officer or incoming presiding officer on effective presiding techniques and proper application of the rules
Providing a group workshops on topics ranging from basic meeting rules through board best practices to training on advanced parliamentary topics. parliamentary services parliamentary consultant Robert's Rules of Order
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