February 2019: Toastmasters 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"

    36. Find your strengths. Strengths include voice volume and timbre, expert knowledge, comfort level and ability to think on the fly. Find those strengths and look for a way to capitalize on them.

     

    Talking TED with Jeremy Donovan, DTM

    Jeremy is the author of How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations, and Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking (2014). Check out Jeremy’s website at www.speakingsherpa.com for the great advice, such as:

    • Strive to engage in dialogue as quickly as possible. Asking questions and listening is as much a part of presenting as speaking is.
    • Relive, rather than retell. When you relive, you use emotion, dialogue, and sensory description to bring characters and settings to life.
    • Using a short, well-crafted story as an example to support an argument is often more powerful than using reams of data.

     

    Accept Some Motivation

    • Check out the Five Top Reasons to join Toastmasters at unburythatbadass.com. Lawyer Elizabeth Jin creates “Burst of Happiness” video blogs.  The direct link is https://bit.ly/2sBbDlF  It may change your life.

     

    Books to Consider

    • Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact> Keynote Speaker Annette Simmons spotlights the power of relatability through storytelling.
    • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Urban legends, business origin stories, and quirky personal profiles comprise Chip & Dan Heath’s entertaining exploration on sharing ideas.
    • The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. Tim Pollard explains how to craft and deliver presentations the mind can easily register and retain.
    • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and Life One Conversation at a Time. Susan Scott offers seven simple steps toward intimate and enlightening discussions.

     

     

    “Talking TED With Jeremey Donovan, DTM” Excerpted from March 2015 Toastmasters Magazine by Lynn Lieu

    “Accept Some Motivation” hi-lights Elizabeth Jin’s Video Blog

    “Books to Consider” Excerpted from Advice to Members in December 2018 Toastmasters 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.   

    January 2019: Toastmasters 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. Learn about your personal leadership style. Everyone has a different leadership style. What’s yours? Learn about your leadership style and embrace the positive attributes and make an action plan to change the negative.

     

    How to Build Your Confidence

    One thing successful leaders have in common is CONFIDENCE.  Confidence can be practiced and improved upon. Toastmasters is an ideal environment to practice and grow your skills.

    • Make daily efforts: Break your skill development goal into small steps & practice on manageable chunks. Make practice a habit!
    • Build skills before you need them: Remember that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Focus your practice on desired areas of improvement. 
    • Practice new skills and prepare for success through volunteering: Confidence comes to you faster when you practice in a low-risk volunteer environment. Volunteering allows you to learn to work more effectively with diverse groups of people.  You will expand your network of contacts as well.
    • Work through learning curves: The experience you gain recovering from small failures compounds over time. The ongoing feedback Toastmasters offers will help you identify where you need to grow and how to do it.  Building your skills to a deep level of mastery does not happen overnight. With practice you will develop a deeper awareness of yourself, leading to greater confidence.

     

    What To Do When Your Train of Thought is Derailed

    Losing your train of thought in a presentation can happen to anyone.  Having Recovery Tactics in place will greatly reduce your anxiety, and may allow you to recover without discovery.  Proactively practice these Recovery Tactics before they are needed:

    • Pause: Catch your breath. The Audience will likely think the pause was for effect.
    • Maintain eye contact: While paused, maintaining eye contact with one person may be calming.
    • Rewind: Repeat the last sentence or phrase. This may trigger your memory. 
    • Fast-forward: Jump ahead to content you do remember. The audience will not be aware of content not spoken.
    • Take a sip of water: You will look in control and relaxed.
    • Go to the next slide: Slides may server as a teleprompter. Avoid reading every word.
    • Smile: Smile like you have a secret, and just look at the audience.
    • Have prepared backup content: A short relevant anecdote is a good way to adjust timing.
    • Get the audience involved: Initiate a short Q&A session.
    • Proactively practice a “blanking” recovery plan: It’s like a disaster drill for public speaking.

     

    “Build Your Confidence” Excerpted from December 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Jill J. Johnson

    “What Was I Saying” Excerpted from December 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Diane Windingland

    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.