Council Meeting Basics

By Tim Duhamel

Council meeting rules are complex and can be intimidating to newly elected officials and administrators presenting to council.  Learn the basics of Roberts Rules, governance, and writing an effective report for council.

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Course Content

  1. Beginner to intermediate class on Council meeting rules and presentations
  2. Robert’s Rules explained – the basic procedural requirements in Council meetings
  3. Differences between in camera, committee of the whole, and open session – and the appropriate type of meeting for specific issues
  4. Tips for making effective presentations to Council
  5. Best practices for writing Council reports
  6. Public communication – when communicating in Council meetings, we are communicating through Council to the public – learn effective strategies to provide Council with the necessary information to effectively deal with resident concerns and communicate positively to the public

Course Info


Price:$175.00

PD Credits: 1.5

Category: Best Practices

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Duration: 1:30:21


Course Synopsis

Council Meeting Basics

About the Author

Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of

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Stephanie Porter is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and

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Course Description

The foundation of municipal government is democracy and good governance.  This class covers the fundamentals of how that foundation is administered through Council meetings, as well as Robert’s Rules, and the differences between in-camera, committee of the whole and open session.

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Learning Outcomes

  • The fundamentals of how the foundation of municipal government, democracy and good governance, is administered through Council meetings

  • Learn about the basic procedural requirements in Council meetings through a high-level review of “Roberts Rules”, which covers the rules of procedure for board meetings

  • Learn the differences between in camera, committee of the whole, and open session, and the appropriate type of meeting for specific issues

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Who Should Attend?

A unique professional development experience that has benefit for all municipal staff, including small, medium and large municipalities!

This webinar will benefit everyone from finance professionals to elected officials, CAO’s, and municipal managers.

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