August 2018: 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"

    1. Give your audience an immediate action item. Audiences love to come away from a speech feeling motivated. Take advantage of their current motivation and give them an immediate action item.

    5 Must-Read Books on Persuasion

    We are all salesmen of one form or another.  What do you want your audience to do when you finish speaking?  If we understand the audience’s decision-making process, we can alter our approach to achieve more effective results.  These 5 books can help you develop that ability.

    1. Thank you for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs.  Heinrichs brings the classical methods of pathos (emotion) & ethos (character) to life for modern readers.
    2. Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut. This book posits that audiences believe speakers who are credible and trustworthy.  Audiences are also more likely to agree with those who exhibit strength & warmth.
    3. Influence: Science & Practice by Robert Cialdini. Robert describes the mental shortcuts we use in daily decision-making and how they can be exploited to trigger automatic responses.
    4. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Dass R. Sunstein. Based on behavioral economics and design theory, this book describes how small changes in the way a choice is presented can have a big effect on an audience’s decision. This method of presentation is labeled “choice architecture”.
    5. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence Persuade by Robert Cialdini

    Like Nudge, this book focuses on the advantage of reframing our requests to make them more agreeable.

    Leading Without Authority - Keith Ferrazzi (2018 TM Golden Gavel Award Recipient)

    Ferrazzi’s insights are detailed in his two best-sellers, “Never Eat Alone” & “Who’s Got Your Back”.  He explains that connection is the driving force behind all success. Meaningful relationships are what inspire people to change, to strive and care.

     

    -“5 Must-Read Books on Persuasion” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, July 2018 by Jesse Scinto

    -Introduction to 2018 Toastmasters Golden Gavel recipient, Keith Ferrazzi, from Toastmaster magazine, July 2018.

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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.   

    July 2018: Toastmaster's Tips & Discussions

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

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

    28. Repeat the audience’s questions.

    If an audience member asks a question, repeat it back so everyone can hear it

    and knows what you are speaking to.

    Mastering Body Language (5 Techniques to enhance your stage presence)

    “The idea behind executive-presence training is that,

    if we develop the mannerisms of a leader, we’ll be perceived as such.”

    1. Leadership Gaze: When speaking to a group, focus on one person at a time for the length of a thought.
    2. Resolute Stance: Plant your feet shoulder-width apart when you’re speaking. Avoid shifting from side to side. Avoid pacing or speaking while walking.  Your power comes from keeping a good posture while speaking directly to the audience.
    3. Empathic Gestures: Use gestures for emphasis. Bring both hands up simultaneously with open palms facing each other (as if you are holding a large ball (this style is sometimes referred to as the “magic ball” style.
    4. Vocal Vigor: Be loud enough that people in the last row can hear you. To project your voice to the last row, you have to breathe and speak from the diaphragm.
    5. Focused Feedback: Because impression management is central to the professional presence, feedback is critical.

     

    Our Success in Life is Closely Tied to our Training

    • We are born knowing little.
    • To succeed we must learn with intent.
    • When you are able to teach a skill to someone else, that is when you have mastered the skill.

     

    Leading a Team?  Preparing a Presentation?  Think Different? Think Contribution!

    • When preparing a presentation, the more you intend to contribute, the more memorable and successful you will be.
    • Intention to contribute will inexorably inspire more focus and effort on improved content, delivery, setting, etc.

     

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    -“Mastering Body Language” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, June 2018 by Jesse Scinto

    -“Our Success is Closely Tied to Our Training” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, June 2018, authored by Toastmasters Intl President, BALRAJ ARUNASALAM

    -“Think Contribution” Excerpted from a blog by Rashid Kapadia, “http://necessarybridges.com/2015/10/leading-a-team-preparing-a-presentation-think-different-think-contribution”

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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.