North Venue Update

    By Edwin Jabbour, PMI® Houston Chapter Venue Director, North Venue

    Welcome to the PMI® Houston Chapter North Venue monthly meeting update!


    In 2016, we had presentations from many great speakers covering all the PMI® Talent Triangle knowledge:  Technical *5; Leadership *9; Strategic *3.  While we had to cancel the November 14th meeting due to the Presidential election night, we topped it off with a great year-end meeting in a very nicely decorated festive sit-down dinner accompanied with attendees’ spouses, and significant others.

    The presentation subjects were of great interest; from taking us to the moon with an Apollo 13 mission review to understanding the City of Houston’s projects, including the processes used and the value of project management in building and maintaining the streets and roadways in the city.   We also learned how to find FLOW in the projects, the right balance between anxiety and boredom, and getting a run-down on the latest cell phone applications to put into good use for daily operation.  All presentations were good examples of how project management techniques & tools are used in critical situations to accomplish goals in very dynamic environments. 

    In the meantime, 2017 came roaring around with changes due to the continued energy sector’s economic dip and employment crunch.  It influenced the number of our monthly attendees to the PMI® Houston North Venue meetings, and we realized we needed to adjust our venue accordingly to maintain the economy of scale.  After extensive research by the team to find a location that fit our needs and budget, provided easy access to the members, and gained the PMI® Houston board approval, we got our mission accomplished. Starting May 9th, the PMI® Houston North Venue began to meet at our new location: Campioni Italian Restaurant,13850 Cutten Road, Houston, Texas 77069.

    This location offers great flexibility to the PMI® Houston North Venue meeting.  Campioni offers multiple rooms matching our current needs and future expansion while maintaining an economical structure and easy access to drive to (especially at our scheduled meeting hour with the rush hour traffic). At the same time, we are receiving an expanded buffet style of two courses of great Italian cuisine which includes rotation of two different menu sets, offering a great choice selection to our attendees at each meeting.  As usual, should you have a special dietary need, please include those details during your registration on the portal. I take this opportunity to thank the team at Peli Peli that hosted us for the past 15 months; it was a great experience and a great venue. Thank you for all.

    I and the PMI® Houston North Venue Meeting team volunteers thank you for your continued support.  We all look forward to a great year, and bringing a set of presentations that will increase your knowledge for your business and personal life!

    Best regards

    Edwin Jabbour, Venue Director, North Venue

    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