July 2018: Toastmaster's Tips & Discussions


    Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb


    -  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

    28. Repeat the audience’s questions.

    If an audience member asks a question, repeat it back so everyone can hear it

    and knows what you are speaking to.

    Mastering Body Language (5 Techniques to enhance your stage presence)

    “The idea behind executive-presence training is that,

    if we develop the mannerisms of a leader, we’ll be perceived as such.”

    1. Leadership Gaze: When speaking to a group, focus on one person at a time for the length of a thought.
    2. Resolute Stance: Plant your feet shoulder-width apart when you’re speaking. Avoid shifting from side to side. Avoid pacing or speaking while walking.  Your power comes from keeping a good posture while speaking directly to the audience.
    3. Empathic Gestures: Use gestures for emphasis. Bring both hands up simultaneously with open palms facing each other (as if you are holding a large ball (this style is sometimes referred to as the “magic ball” style.
    4. Vocal Vigor: Be loud enough that people in the last row can hear you. To project your voice to the last row, you have to breathe and speak from the diaphragm.
    5. Focused Feedback: Because impression management is central to the professional presence, feedback is critical.


    Our Success in Life is Closely Tied to our Training

    • We are born knowing little.
    • To succeed we must learn with intent.
    • When you are able to teach a skill to someone else, that is when you have mastered the skill.


    Leading a Team?  Preparing a Presentation?  Think Different? Think Contribution!

    • When preparing a presentation, the more you intend to contribute, the more memorable and successful you will be.
    • Intention to contribute will inexorably inspire more focus and effort on improved content, delivery, setting, etc.



    -“Mastering Body Language” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, June 2018 by Jesse Scinto

    -“Our Success is Closely Tied to Our Training” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, June 2018, authored by Toastmasters Intl President, BALRAJ ARUNASALAM

    -“Think Contribution” Excerpted from a blog by Rashid Kapadia, “http://necessarybridges.com/2015/10/leading-a-team-preparing-a-presentation-think-different-think-contribution”


    You can learn more about telling your stories at a Project Management Toastmasters Club! 

    Project Management Toastmasters clubs are open to all, but members are predominately professional project managers. Houston Area Project Management Toastmasters Clubs are sponsored by PMI Houston and aligned with the goals of PMI International.   Certified PMPs receive Professional Development Units (PDUs) for participation.