NAP’s Training Conference is all about the education — and the networking. The caliber and diversity of the education available at the conference can’t be found anywhere else. We’re confident you will take home at least one new idea or piece of knowledge. Who can ask for more?
There will be more than 30 workshops for you to choose from this year. Many — if not most — of them will be interactive, so come prepared to learn by doing. They will be categorized into four tracks:
- Parliamentary Tool Box: Tips & Tricks — Hone your skills as a parliamentarian and better serve your organizations with these helpful, innovative tips and tricks.
- Professional Presiding — The actual meeting is only part of the planning required as a presiding officer.
- Technology — More and more, meetings are being conducted virtually and using a variety of technologies to get the job done. Understand the tools and rules required to make an e-meeting successful.
- Parliamentary Potpourri — These are the great workshops that don’t fit into one of the aforementioned tracks.
Additionally, workshops are ranked based on the target audience as follows:
- Overview – Program knowledge level that provides a general review of a subject area from a broad perspective.
- Beginner – Program knowledge level beneficial for members to learn a new skill or attribute.
- Intermediate – Program builds on a basic program with more detailed knowledge in that area.
- Advanced – Program most useful for individuals with a mastery of the particular topic.
Workshops current as of August 2018
|Full Name||Workshop Proposal Name||Objectives||Track||Level|
|Alison Wallis, PRP||It's Telling: Who Counts the Most||(1) What are the real duties of election tellers|
(2) How can the tellers perform their duties quickly and accurately
(3) How competence from tellers inspires confidence in democracy
|Peter A. Senopoulos, RP||Common Variations Between Defaults of Robert’s Rules and Rules for Public Bodies||1. For the audience to become aware that their are significant variations in this regard and there is frequent confusion in this area; |
2. Identify the major differences using a sampling/survey of state laws;
3. Attendees will acquire a better understanding/awareness of these variations.
|Lorenzo R Cuesta, PRP||Robert Does Not Recycle Motions||1. Under what Conditions a motion may always be renewed in the same session.|
2. Under what General Rules a motion may or may not be renewed in the same session.
3. Under what Conditions or General Rules a motion may never be renewed in the same session.
|James H. Stewart, PRP||The Psychology of Voting||1. Better understanding of the requirements for maximum return for ballot voting|
2. Create ballots that are more likely to be understood by the voter
3. Increase voter participation in meetings and mail ballot elections
|Helen McFadden, PRP||Ethics for Nonprofit Board Members||To be aware of the minefields on this issue for themselves and others. There are ways not to be caught up in this if you pay attention and do it right.||Potpourri||Intermediate|
|David A. Whitaker, PRP||The RP Exam - Journey and Destination||Participants will be able to identify their own learning style. Participants will receive a working knowledge of the current items available for planning study time effectively. Participants would be able to ask a panel of new RP's to share their Tips and Tricks to have a successful testing outcome.||Potpourri||Beginner|
|NAP Ethics Committee||What All NAP Members Need to Know||Learn how the NAP Bylaws Sections on Ethics Complaints and Member Discipline Complaints affect you.||Potpourri||Overview|
|Dr. Dan Seabold, PRP||A Rule for Every Occasion||RONR mentions many purposes for which an organization may wish to adopt a custom rule. But well-written examples of such rules are hard to come by. We will discuss commonly arising needs for custom rules and best practices for drafting these rules.||Potpourri||Beginner|
|Jeanette N. Williams, PRP||"In Order Or Not In Order"||1. Know the standard characteristics of the motions covered in the workshop|
2. Recognize that some parliamentary situations are not always straightforward
3. Understand the importance of developing a system to “keep track” of the current parliamentary situation
|Esther A. Heller, PRP||A Disciplinary Trial||The 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, vote!||Presiding||Overview|
|Mary Remson, PRP||"The Chair Recognizes ....."||Understand the three most common rules for assigning the floor.|
Review the rules used in assigning the floor when a debatable or undebatable motion is pending.
Understand the concept of interrupting a member assigned the floor.
|Eli Mina, PRP||“Who’s on First? The Vagaries of Governing Documents...”||1. Develop an appreciation for the role of governing documents when advising your clients.|
2. Learn to avoid simplistic solutions that may end up creating more problems than they solve.
3. Learn to integrate reasonableness and common sense into the way you serve your clients.
|Daniel T. Jackson, PRP||What Would You Do!||(1) Confirm how to properly make a motion, (2) What to do if a member believes the rules of the assembly are being violated. (3) What to do if an officer is derelict in his/her duties.||Presiding||Beginner|
|Dr. Charles A. Schulz, PRP||EXCUSE ME! A Study of Motions That Can Interrupt||There are 16 motions that can interrupt after someone has been assigned the floor. These motions concern rights or have time constraints. This interactive workshop will have role play.||Presiding||Intermediate|
|Kevin R. Connelly, PRP||Dealing with the Problem Child – Tips for handling disrupters and other troublemakers at a meeting.||1. How to better prepare for a meeting to prevent disruptions 2. How to work with members who are disruptive 3. How to use the rules and parliamentary law for a peaceful and productive meeting||Presiding||Intermediate|
|Dr. Mary Q. Grant, PRP||Yes You Can!||(1) Attendees will become motivated with hands-on experience knowing that they can use technology for the use of the organization (2) Attendees will have knowledge of documentation storage and technology language (3) Attendees will increase their use of technology while decreasing their fear of technology. Also, this will impact of NAP with more skillful individuals in how we conduct business with each other, decreasing the amount of dollars that we operate with, increase the membership because NAP will have more members involved in reaching out to those who are interested in the organization who want to be involved but don't have the basic skills to move forward.||Technology||Intermediate|
|Kim Goldsworthy, PRP||Using a Spreadsheet for Parliamentary Purposes||Learn new ways to use a spreadsheet, whether Macintosh Numbers or Microsoft Excel. See how one working parliamentarian customizes his spreadsheet to track gigs, payments, expenses, mileage, etc.||Technology||Intermediate|
|Dr. Gregory Goodwiller, PRP||Special Rules for Electronic Meetings||1. Participants will begin to think critically about necessary special rules for electronic meetings based on specific technologies employed.|
2. Participants will enhance their ability to assist organizations and clients in the development of special rules for electronic meetings.
3. Participants will receive helpful resources and models for the development of special rules for electronic meetings
|Debi Wilcox, RP||Moving Forward with an Electronic Agenda Meeting Management System||Participants will gain;|
1) An understanding of electronic agenda/meeting management systems available;
2) An understanding of the items to consider when moving to an electronic agenda/meeting management system; and
3) How to successfully communicate and launch an e-agenda project.
|Kirk Overbey, PRP||Email Voting by Boards, the Pitfalls and the Procedures Needed||Participants will:|
1. Analyze requirements in state statutes for email voting and the absentee voting requirements in RONR, and apply the duties of care and obedience to taking actions without a meeting;
2. Understand the procedures needed to conduct email voting; and
3. Understand the technology available for email voting.
|C.J. Cavin, PRP||Beginners Guide to Using Facebook for Your Group||Learn how to create a Facebook group for your unit, association, or district and the basic operations of a Facebook page.||Technology||Beginner|
|Michael Peck, PRP||Technology tools for the Parliamentary Trainer||To prepare Parli Pro instructors on the latest tools available for presentations|
To Give Parli Pro Instructors a first hand resource of Presentation tools
To share presentations techniques and tools for presentations to adult learners
|Richard D. Hayes, PRP||Classes of Motions||1. Understanding of the five classes of motions.|
2. Understanding of the purpose of each motion.
3. Improved use of the NAP Basic Parliamentary Motions Chart.
|Dr. Cynthia Mayo, PRP / Margie R.Booker, PRP||Your Opinion Matters||Objectives|
Participants will: (1) explore and discuss parliamentary questions where an opinion is needed by a professional parliamentarian. (2) review cases, steps and resources needed to assess and provide an opinion. (3) write or discuss an opinion, provided through mini-groups case scenarios or questions.
|David Mezzera, PRP||Trivia or Trivial?||#N/A||Toolbox||Intermediate|
|Ramona Marsalis Hill, PRP||Communication: Yours, Mine & Ours!||After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to: 1) articulate the value of the "full package" for consistent communication; 2) share at least two aspects of his/her personal communication style and the impact of these aspects on message delivery; 3) articulate the value of intentional and deliberate message construction.||Toolbox||Beginner|
|John R. Berg, PRP||RONR: The Members' Bill of Rights||1. Learn what the members' rights are under RONR.|
2. Learn what the limits are on the officers' rights and how the members can enforce them.
3. How to effect reforms in an organization without being perceived as a troublemaker.
|Lorraine Talbot, PRP||Motions in the tinted pages of RONR which receive a dash in being classified||Become familiar with the five motions in the tinted pages of RONR without classification.|
Discuss the debatable motions Filling Blanks and Making Nominations and practice with debatable scripts of these motions.
Increase knowledge of RONR's nuances.
|Dr. Atul Kapur, PRP||Filling in the _________||Participant will: (1) Understand the role and usefulness of creating / filling blanks; (2) Practice and/or observe the process of creating and filling blanks with practical examples; and (3) Be able to introduce and explain the concept to organizations.||Toolbox||Beginner|
|James K. Lawson, PRP||Is Something Missing? Parliamentary Abs - Absence and Abstention||Understand the meaning and application of the words.|
Test your understanding and applications of the words.
Use the RONR citations for review and sharing with others.