Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

     

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

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

    22. Burn off anxiety. Your body produces cortisol when you’re anxious or stressed, which limits your creativity and ability to process complex information. Be sure to burn off cortisol with exercise before any speaking engagement.

    Make an Impact with What You Learn

    “A person who won’t lead has no advantage over one who can’t lead.”

    Lifelong learning helps us adapt to change.  It stimulates the brain and may be the key to a continuing vibrant life as we age.  Don’t be that person who knows how to communicate and lead, but fails to do so.  A tool sharpened and set aside grows rust.  As Mark Twain said, “A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over someone who can’t read.”

    5 Surprising Reasons Your Ideas Aren’t Being Heard

    1. You’re Under-Invested> If you want your idea to gain traction, start with talking about what you are doing to help.  [Here is what I’ve already done to get us started.]
    2.  You’ve got a Track Record of Great Ideas. . . For Everyone Else> You’re all ideas, no action.
    3. You’re Apologizing for Your Ideas> “This is probably a dumb idea”, “I’m sorry, but . . .”
    4. You’re Too Gung Ho> Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by being overly emotional.
    5. You’ve Under-Invested in Peer Relationships> If you want folks to come along, work hard to get along.

    Power Reading Speeches (When there is not enough time to learn a speech)

    The following technique, sometimes called the See-Stop-Say technique, has been used by luminaries including Churchill, Roosevelt & Reagan with good results.

    [Rule 1> Never let words come out of your mouth when your eyes are looking down.  You must be looking at your audience when you are speaking.]

    1. Look down at the line you’re about to read out and take an imaginary “snapshot” of the words you see.
    2. Bring your head up and Pause.
    3. Looking at an audience member “conversationalize” what you have just memorized.  Say it to the audience.
    4. Look down again and “snapshot” the next chunk of words.
    5. Bring your head up and Pause
    6. Look at another audience member and conversationalize and so on.

    -Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, December 2017 authored by Balraj Arunasalam, Internationl Toastmasters President, DTM
    -Excerpts from Toastmaster magazine, December 2017 authored by Karen Hurt
    -Excerpted from Necessary Bridges by Rashid Kapadia 

    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.   

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions (copy)

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

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

     

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

     

    23. Be prepared for the worst. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Be prepared by having print-outs of your presentation slides and a copy of your presentation on USB drive.

     

    We can be the author of the defining moments that shape our lives and our stories.

     

    Openings, closings & personal revelations have even more impact that speakers realize.

     

    Consider the 4 elements of Defining Moments:

     

    1. Elevation > Defining moments that rise above the everyday.
    2. Insight > Aha moments that often arise when we stretch ourselves or risk failure.
    3. Pride > Moments of achievement or courage capture people at their best.
    4. Connection > Defining moments can create a sense of connection that bonds us together (graduations, weddings, speeches, work triumphs, or sporting events.

     

    The Power of Opening Up

     

    • A great way for speakers to connect with audiences is by revealing more of your true self to them.
    • There is power in an evaluation that not only points out areas where you can improve, but also expresses high expectations for your future performance.

     

    What Makes Some Speeches More Effective and Memorable that Others

     

    The main problem in presentations is that speakers are often too abstract with no concrete details.

     

    o    If you communicate with 3 parts exposition & 1 part example, it should be the reverse.
    o    Data is just the summary of your many stories, tell a few of those stories to get the point across.
    o    Let your main points hog the spotlight    (If you say 10 things, you say nothing!)
    o    Bring Reality into the Room  (Show, don’t tell.)

     

    Identify & Achieve Your 2018 Goals

     

    • Learn how to discover and pursue what’s most important to you this year.  If you don’t know where you are going, you are unlikely to get there.
    • Figure out what’s most important.  Do first things first.
    • Find your blind spots.
    • Understand how your goals connect to the big picture.
    • Communicate your goals.

     

    - Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, January 2018, on “The Power of Moments” by Chip and Dan Heath, authored by DanZielinski

     

    - Excerpts from Toastmaster magazine, January 2018, authored by David Peck

     

    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.