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.    

    October: Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - 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"

    19. Use visuals. Make sure your visual aids reinforce your message and don’t distract from it.

    Leadership: it’s NOT About YOU

    To be a good leader, you have to change your mindset from Getting to Giving.

    Some Observations on leadership of volunteers>

    •         The more you can think of your job as making it possible for others to succeed, the more successful you’ll be as a leader of volunteers.
    •         Creating a climate of accountability, setting clear expectations and managing team conflict takes a different mindset when leading volunteers.
    •         The more leaders can view themselves as facilitators of knowledge and team success, the more effective they become.
    •         Leaders of volunteers need to make the transition from me to them and identify what drives members of their teams, because the source of that motivation can differ from person to person.  The only way to find out what motivates your team members is to ask questions and take time to truly listen to them.
    •         To Lead is to Appreciate.   Thanking your fellow volunteers for the roles they play and the work they do is a gift that keeps on giving.  It has been said that “A human being’s greatest support system is gratitude.”


    How to Succeed as a First-Time Leader

    Here are some of the areas where new leaders need to flip their thinking:

    Mindset Flip> The most successful new leaders don’t seek perfection but accept that they’ll make mistakes and grow from them.

    Skill-set Flip> The technical skills that have made new leaders successful in past roles don’t carry the same weight in leadership positions.  It’s usually about their communication skills, their mentoring skills, their integrity or how they supported their teams through thick & thin.

    Relationship Flip> A top challenge for new leaders is transitioning form peer or friend to boss.

    Do-it-all attitude flip> It is crucial that new leaders learn early to coach, develop and mentor others than simply taking over their work.

    Perspective flip> This requires a Win-Win attitude rather than the zero-sum game of I win, you lose.  It’s about shifting from a narrow perspective to a broader one that understands how all of the pieces of a team or of an organization fit together.

    -Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, September 2017 authored by Dave Zielinksi based on interviews with Shar Mc Bee, Marshall Goldsmith, Doug Van Dyke & William Gentry

    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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