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How to Run Legal and Effective Public Meetings

Municipal Training Plainfield Town Hall

Thursday, October 17, 2019

How to Run Legal and Effective Public Meetings

Plainfield Town Hall (Auditorium)
8 Community Avenue
Plainfield, CT 06374


5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m.


This workshop will help bring order to your public meetings. Learn keys to successful meetings:

  • Legal requirements
  • 8 Steps to motions
  • Roberts Rules of Order
  • Managing debate
  • Practical steps to meeting management

Be certain all elected and appointed officials know the nuts & bolts of effective public meetings.


Effective meetings

  • Overview of legal requirements for public meetings
  • How to write an agenda
  • Role of the presiding officer
  • Audience of citizens
  • How to properly call a meeting to order
  • Conducting the meeting and managing the agenda
  • Tips for maintaining order and public decorum

Robert's Rules of Order

  • The easy, logical, and practical way to run a meeting
  • Making motions and amendments, and how to consider actions
  • Rules for Debate
  • Definition of parliamentary terms


  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
  • Council Board Members
  • Board, Commission, and Committee Members
  • Town Clerks
  • Anyone interested in Parliamentary Procedure

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Kari Olson
Murtha Cullina

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  • FREE to CCM-Members (see registration info below)

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Become a Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CCMO) today! This workshop is good for 3 credit hours of Organizational Development that can be used towards completing you certification. For more information such as details on requirements and how to get started, please visit