The following strategies can be used to defeat a proposal:
- Do your homework! Get the facts so you can effectively rebut any and all the points made by supporters of the proposal.
- Line up those opposed to the idea; give them background material on the proposal; urge them to speak against the motion.
- So as not to be thwarted by technical maneuvers at the meeting, have a copy of the organization’s bylaws, a motion chart, and the parliamentary authority with you.
- Obtain the floor as soon as you can and speak emphatically in opposition to the motion.
- Raise questions (points of information) that put the proponents on the defensive. (Proponents are usually on the offensive, opponents on the defensive–reverse this situation.)
- Amend the motion so that you can live with it if it’s adopted or amend it such that it’s no longer palatable to the supporters.
- Move to postpone indefinitely or use delaying motions (refer or postpone).
- When you vote by voice, vote enthusiastically.
- Be persistent.