Note - North Venue Meeting Location Change

Note - North Venue Meeting Location Change

By Edwin Jabbour, Venue Director, North Venue

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

For the last 15 months we have been meeting at Vintage Park Peli Peli banquet room.  It has been a great facility experience.  The food, in addition to having a unique and very appealing flavor, was always served at appropriate temperature in sufficient quantities with a nice presentation.  The servers and staff were always very attentive and accommodating.

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 is 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 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

Alexi King, Director Backup

Phil Robertson & Anit Johnson, Ambassadors



Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

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"

Tip #14: Ditch distracting mannerisms. Nervous fidgeting or gestures will detract from your message. Use purposeful gestures to give your speech more impact.

 “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”?Alan Greenspan

Communication is assumed to be easy, that is the pitfall! The following top 10 tips will help cross barriers.

10.         Take your time.  Use pauses. Give space.

9.            Ask others to slow down. You want to understand.

8.            Keep it simple.  Don’t use 10 words if 3 will do.

7.            If you don’t understand, say so.

6.            Avoid sports analogies. Others may not understand.

5.            Avoid double negatives.   They may not translate.

4.            Talk to more than one person to get to the complete picture.

3.            Start communication formally.  In many cultures, starting with a degree of formality shows respect.

2.            Pay attention to the nonverbal.  Facial expressions, proximity, physicality and hand gestures all carry meaning that is different across cultures.  Remember, 80% of communication is non-verbal.

1.           Be respectful, be interested, and be humble.  Ask people about their cultures, admit that you are learning, don’t project your cultural ways on others.  No matter what, you are always a guest in a foreign land!

-Summarized from an article in April 2016 Toastmaster magazine.

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.  


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Project Management Toastmasters Venue


Location and Address

Dates and Times

Houston Galleria

Houston Baptist University, Atwood 2 Bldg, Rm 202  

7502 Fondren Rd 

Houston, Tx 77074 

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:45pm - Meeting Starts 

North Houston 

Denny's Restaurant

12697 Gessner Rd 

Houston, Tx  77064 

(South of FM 1960 off FM249) 

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 

6:00pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Schlumberger Sugar Land Campus

The Forum 

210 Schlumberger Dr 

Sugar Land, Tx  77478 

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Sam Houston State University 

3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor 

The Woodlands, Tx  77384 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 

6:15pm - 8:00pm