October 2018: Letter From the President

    By Terry Minhas, PMI Houston Chapter President

    Election results for the open positions for the 2019 Board of Directors have been announced and I am pleased to report that the following candidates have been elected:

    • SVP Internal (2019) - LaToshia Norwood
    • VP eBiz (2019-2020) – Nooshin Yazhari
    • VP Membership (2019-2020) - Oscar Barrios

    Congratulations to the newly elected Board members. I am confident their vision and dedication will take PMI Houston to new heights. I also would like to thank the Election Committee (Lee Jones, Andy Stuart, and Gloria Archer) and PMI Global Headquarter (Nina Holman) for their time and effort in conducting the elections in a very transparent manner.

    PMI is a volunteer-based organization and PMI Houston is no exception. All our events are planned and executed by the volunteers. We recently held the Quarterly Leadership meeting, which was attended by the committee leads. These volunteers are our ‘boots on the ground’ who make things happen. My heartfelt gratitude goes to all the volunteers for their passion and dedication to serve the professional community of Cosmopolitan Houston.

    Mark your calendars for the Annual PMI Houston Conference and Expo scheduled for June 3-4, 2019. Many organizations are in the midst of assessing the remaining budgets for this year and planning for the next year. That includes allocation of funds for the employee training. Check with your employers as registration will start soon.

    Food for thought: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln


    September 2018: Project Management Toastmasters Club - Tips & Discussions

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


    Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

    30. Push the envelope. Take risks, but know your audience and don’t present material simply for shock value. Have a point and the facts to back it up.


    Learn the Laughter Triggers

    (Comedian Jerry Corley shares the science behind the Laughter)

    • Surprise> Misdirecting the audience to expect one thing and give them another.
    • Embarrassment> Sharing your personal mishaps will cause the audience to laugh with you.
    • Superiority> Being self-deprecating is one way to weave humor into a presentation.
    • Recognition> Recognition draws on experiences that make the audience think, Yes! I’ve done that too.
    • Incongruity> Using incongruity means imposing characteristics of one thing onto another. An object or animal speaking can be funny because it is out of character.
    • Release> An example would be a long story that creates tension, then provides relief with a funny conclusion.
    • For anyone giving a presentation, the chief goal is to deliver a memorable, clear & concise message – and to entertain.


    How to Disagree Diplomatically

    (Why it’s always good to have an opinion and know how to share it.)

    1> Depersonalize

    To disagree effectively, take a problem-solving approach.  The person with whom you disagree is not your adversary or your friend; they are simply a colleague or contributor.  Try to share credit and responsibility. Depersonalizing a decision can enable you to remove the “win” from the equation and enjoy the exchange of ideas.

    2> Acknowledge and Add

    People listen best when they feel they have been heard.  If you want someone to listen to you, show that you have heard them first.

    3> Use the phrase “I agree” cautiously

    When you start a sentence with, “I agree” it doesn’t matter what you say afterward.

    Put the phrase “I agree” in the middle, and say what you’re agreeing to up front.


    -“Learn the Laughter Triggers” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, August 2018 by Tess Iandiorio

    -“How to Disagree Diplomatically” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, August  2018 by Michelle Tillis Lederman.


    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.