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Parliamentary Procedure Parliamentary Procedure traces its origins to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom It is a way to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and has a chance to speak It’s also quite rowdy and ridiculously fun!
The House will be in Order During discussion or debate members who wish to ask questions raise their hands They DO NOT say “I have a question” It is pretty obvious that if you raise your hand and you’re not standing up to speak…you clearly have a question! They simply say “Point of information” It sounds much more sophisticated! They are CONCISE: they only get 15-30 seconds to ask the question
Debates and Discussions During discussions and debates, when a member is recognized by the president, or the chair, that person has the floor They begin by thanking the person who recognized them The member who has the floor will stand up to address the group When they are finished, and BEFORE they sit down, they will say “My thanks to…”
The Fun Part Heckling is an important part of parliamentary style debate It is an energetic, yet professional, form of participation. Here’s how you do it…
In the Affirmative… If you are in the affirmative, or you agree with something that is said, you may: Lightly pat the desk in front of you with your open palm Close your hand into a fist and rap your knuckles against the desk If you STRONGLY AGREE with what has just been said you may add in the phrase “Hear, hear.”
In the Negative… Heckling in the negative is done cleverly. If you come across as rude or impolite…you’re doing it wrong! Say things like: “Poor form!” or “Bad form!” “Shame!” (Drawl the long ‘a’ sound) “Shame on you!” (This is done quickly)
Etiquette One does not scream like a wild lunatic when heckling Heckling is done rarely, and cleverly Remember there is ALWAYS a heckler who is cleverer than you Don’t give them an opportunity to embarrass you