How to Apply the Rules
Robert's Rules of Order for Meetings is pretty cut and dry, outlining the way in which meetings take place nearly every day. But what about those online meetings? How does one apply these rules when speaking to someone behind a computer screen?
These rules can easily be applied, though it may need to take some extra time in order to get everything set up properly for an online meeting. In most online meetings, there may be several people involved, who will communicate either through visual or audio means, from where ever they are. This is usually done by business video conferencing, whereby the Internet is used to connect all parties.
Point of Privilege - in dealing with online meetings, it is important that the meeting is conducted in an area in which the noise level is non existent or at a minimum.
Point of Information - in the instance of online meetings, it is important for the manager or group leader to state when questions are appropriate. This can either be done after all information has been given or after a certain amount of time.
Extend/Limit Debate - for online meetings, this can allow for group members to continue a conversation; however, it is up to the group leader to state how, when, and where this continues. This can easily be done through chat rooms or allowing for members to stay connected when the meeting is adjourned.