April 2018 - Tips and Discussions

     

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

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

    25. Ask a thought-provoking question. Capture the audience’s attention by asking a question they may not know the answer to. For example, “Do you know why the sky is blue? It’s a question many kids ask their parents as kids, and I’m honestly not sure I could explain it without a Google search. But I do know what will turn the sky from blue to grey, and that’s pollution.”

    Let's go hit the Rock.

    UH Basketball Coach Kelvin Samson tells his assistants this after every staff meeting. This comes from a story told by Jacob A. Riis, "A stonecutter hammers away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two. It was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

    Remember: “Regular planning is critical for any operation, but preparedness and persistence are even more important than the best plan”.

    5 Words to Make You More Persuasive

    Clarity, Brevity, Context, Impact, Value

    1.       If it is not clear, the Audience will not be persuaded.
    2.       If your audience is waiting for you to get to the point, the audience will not be persuaded.
    3.       If the relevance to the audience is not obvious, the audience will not be persuaded.
    4.       If there is no impact, and the audience cannot remember what you said, they will not be persuaded.
    5.       If there is no value, and the speaker only communicates from his/her own perspective, the audience will not be persuaded.

    Is Your Voice Being Counted?

    Try these methods (Insteads) for interrupting politely. 

    •         Instead of cutting someone off, say: Please excuse me, or Let me interrupt for just a moment.
    •         Instead of correcting someone, try saying: I understand your concern or viewpoint, but perhaps we can look at it differently.
    •         Instead of totally ignoring what someone is saying, acknowledge or expand on it: As Brian just said, we can do this . . . or What do you think if we also did such and such?
    •         Instead of not responding or not speaking up because you aren’t sure what to say, look for opportunities to ask a question or to clarify, which will help you be heard.
    •         Instead of burying your head in your notes or your phone, make eye contact with the person leading the meeting or gently hold up a hand to signal you’d like to say something.

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    -“5 Words” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, March 2018, authored by Dean Brenner; www.TheLatimerGroup.com

    -“Insteads” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, March 2018, authored by Karen Friedman, author of Shut Up and Say Something

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    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. 

    March - Tips and Discussions

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

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

    24. Pause. Before addressing your audience, pause for a few seconds. This will gain their attention and increase impact.

    The Four Cs, How to Grow Happiness and Unplug from the Commercial World.

    1.       Connect: Face-to-face connection with friends or loved ones drives neurons that increase empathy, boosting your serotonin.  Facebook is not the same.  Carve out time to be with someone you care about.
    2.       Contribute: Add to the betterment of those you care about and the world around you.
    3.       Cope: Three ways> 1>Get adequate sleep; 2>Increase mindfulness and cut down trying to multi-task (only 4% can actually multi-task, the rest of us serial task and add to stress); 3>Exercise.
    4.       Cook: Cooking for yourself and family means you know what is in your food and is a good source of downtime and relaxation.

     

    Mind Matters (How Mindfulness can enhance your life):

    What is Mindfulness (Three perspectives)

    1.       The Moment> Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”. 
    2.       The Mind> Mindfulness is “nonjudgmental awareness of mental states.” The practice helps us cultivate mental and emotional health and resiliency.”
    3.       The Present> When focused on the present moment. we will be more accepting of our emotions and those of others. When we listen, we can completely listen.  When we speak, we can focus on communicating our message.  When we lead, we lead with sensitivity that from feeling good about ourselves, connecting with others and having the mental clarity to focus positively on what really matters.

     

    Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks

     

    •         The one thing that all great Ted speakers have in common is that they are master storytellers.
    •         If you don’t grab your audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds, they will tune out.
    •         Grab the audience’s attention with personal story.
    •         The element that makes a story irresistible is conflict.  The stronger the conflict the more irresistible.
    •         No conflict = No curiosity = No interest
    •         Bring your characters alive by providing details about the way they look, act, or behave.
    •         The more senses you communicate with, the more interest in the story. Use all 5 senses.
    •         Positive message stories are inspiring.  Leave your audience on an emotional high.
    •         Use dialogue, not narration to keep the listener’s interest.
    •         Your story must contain the spark that allowed the character to overcome the conflict.
    •         Show the change in the character.
    •         Leave your audience with your key takeaway message.

     

    -From “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains” by Robert Lustig

    -Excerpts from Toastmaster magazine, February 2018, authored by Caren Schnur Neile, PH.D.

    -Excerpts from Ted Talks Storytelling by Akash Karia

     

    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.