September - Tips & Discussions

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    By Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Chapter Toastmasters Club

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

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

    17. Enjoy yourself. Choose a topic on something that is important to you, and that you feel passionate about. Your commitment to the topic will help sell the speech to your audience.

    Can You Hear Me Now? How to boost your vocal power to say it like you mean it!

    •         Whether we like it or not, we are judged by our voices.
    •         When a voice is clear, smooth, and dynamic, the speaker is viewed as competent, confident and compelling. 
    •         Unclear, hesitant flat speech creates the opposite impression.

    To objectively evaluate yourself, try recording your voice.  Download the free “Your Speaking Voice” from Toastmasters.  Like any other skill, your []

    Common vocal problems that you can remedy:

    1.       Trailing Off
    2.       When you trail off, listeners miss part of your message
    3.       The Fix: Learn & Use diaphragmatic breathing techniques to breath to the end of a phrase.
    4.       Mumbling
    5.       Mumbling is usually caused by poor enunciation
    6.       The Fix: Loosen up and practice speaking with your mouth two finger width apart.
    7.       Vocal Fry
    8.       Vocal Fry happens when you speak in the lowest registers.
    9.       The Fix: Try breathing and voice relaxation techniques.
    10.       Monotone
    11.       Monotone voices lack intonation.  Intonation is critical to convey emotion and attitude.
    12.       The Fix: Develop intonation by practicing exaggeration.  Start with Anger.
    13.       Upspeak
    14.       Upspeak is a rising intonation at the end of a sentence.
    15.       The Fix: Practice making a difference with single word responses.

    Improvement is up to you.  To improve a skill, plan short daily repetitions over a long period of time.  Daily practice gives you the opportunity to reinforce new skills and create a noticeable difference in your voice!

    -Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine (August, 2017) authored by Lisa B. Marshall (


    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!