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"

    21. Fuel your mental engine. Eat a light meal at least 20 minutes prior to your speech.

    Achieving Your Potential

    “Your current situation does not have to be your final destination”

    Who we are now does not have to be who we will be in the future.  Making difficult changes for the better is called growth. 

    Consider the 3 Ps of personal Growth>

    • Patience> It takes time to make things happen, to develop and grow as a person.
    • Persistence> With persistence we can overcome almost any challenge.
    • Perseverance> Perseverance is the ability to overcome setbacks and maintain our motivation in the face of periodic failures and disappointment.


    Say It With Flair

    Use rhetorical devices to add pleasant patterns to your phrasing.

    • The power of 3> Triads such as Lincolns “of the people, by the people, for the people” ring true to the listener.  They also work in graphics such as slides.  People only remember about 3 points.
    • Anaphora> Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech starts each stanza with the same phrase and makes it memorable.
    • Alliteration> Everyone knows that the 3 R’s are “Readin, Writin and Rithmatic”
    • Metaphors and similes> as in “All the world’s a stage”.  Similes use “like” or “as”
    • Antithesis> Pairing the opposite makes a clear point as in Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death”


    5 Great Ways to Begin a Speech

    • Tell a Story> A short compelling story grabs their attention
    • Bold Statement of your unique Point of View (POV)> A POV may leave them wanting more
    • Ask a Question> Add body language to show you want an answer.  Plant one foot, raise opposite hand, leaning toward the audience, then pause.
    • Get the Audience to Laugh> If they laugh, they like you and will be more receptive
    • Ask the Audience to visualize something> Starting a story with “imagine” invites the audience into your world.  Use the pronoun “you” and the present tense, and describe the setting in terms of the five senses places each listener squarely in the middle of the scene.

    -Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, November 2017 authored by Balraj Arunasalam, Internationl Toastmasters President, DTM

    -Excerpts from Toastmaster magazine, November 2017 authored by Bill Brown, DTM

    -Excerpts from Toastmaster magazine, November 2017 authored by Ann Barab, DTM

    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.

    November 2017 - 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" 

    20. Embrace your unique style. Don’t copy the style or gestures of other speakers, as your audience will sense a lack of authenticity. Be yourself; no one does that better than you can. 

    Do you have all the tools you need to succeed? 

    Philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously said: “Man is a tool-building animal.  Without tools, he is nothing, with tools he is all.” 

    Life is a do it yourself project, and a toolbox, well stocked with skills, can make it much easier.  As you go through life you can acquire the specialized tools you will need for success if you listen to others, study rigorously, and practice using the tools you have already acquired. 

    •         Toastmasters is a place where you can pick up new skills to add to your toolbox.
    •         No one can build the future you envision except you.  So select the best tools and build a better you.


    A book worth reading, “TED Talks, The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking” by Chris Anderson (Head of TED). 

    Chris states, “I wish to persuade you of something: That however much public speaking skills matter today, they’re going to matter even more in the future.”  

    Chris says that a Talk Renaissance is going on today.  Ted talks, that today are viewed 100 million times per month are a demonstration of this trend.  New knowledge and ideas are spreading at a pace never seen before in human history.

    Chris also says, that today in the connected era, we should resurrect the noble art of rhetoric and make it education’s fourth R: reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic … and rhetoric.

    The revolution in public speaking is something everyone can be a part of. If we can find a way to truly listen to one another, and learn from each other, the future glitters with promise.

    What makes TED work is not really just the synergy between technology, entertainment, and design. It is actually the connectedness of all knowledge.  Your number-one mission as a speaker is take something that matters deeply to you and to rebuild it inside the minds of others.  TED’s uniqueness lays in being a place where people from every discipline can come together and understand each other.

    -Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, October 2017 authored by Balraj Arunasalam, International Toastmasters President, DTM

    -Excerpts from Rashid Kapadia’s review of “Ted Talks, The Official Guide to Public Speaking”

    -Excerpts from Chris Anderson’s “TED Talks, The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking” 

    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.