Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions - July 2017

    Tim McDearmon, Akin Oni, Harold Eaton, Juan Carlos; Booth at PMI Conference

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

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

    16. Test your volume. Before your speech, ask a friend or colleague to listen to you from the back of the room to ensure you’re speaking at the right volume.

    Clear communication is a result of clear thinking

    •   Focus on making your thinking (about whatever you want to explain) very clear. 

    If you try and write down what you want to explain, you may well discover that your thinking is not clear. Use the best practices of business writing. Keep it short, to the point, and get to the core message/issue as quickly as possible.

    •  Once you have thinking clarity on a subject matter, explanation will flow naturally.
    •  Good communication rests on 4 pillars: clarity, brevity, levity, charity.

    Another useful guideline/checklist for effective communication is: connection, narration, explanation, persuasion, and revelation.

    While explaining, pay attention to the facial expressions of the person you are talking to. You will receive invaluable feedback on whether they are following or not. Use this feedback to modify your explaining. Don’t go on endlessly if you sense you have lost the listener.

    •  Anyone can do this. It is a learnable skill. You can do this.

    -Excerpted from Rashid Kapadia’s blog (

    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.  


    Visit a meeting to discover the benefits of membership! All of the locations are listed on the PMI Houston website