From the President - May 2018


    PMI Global Headquarters plans events throughout the year globally for career and leadership development for our professional communities. One such annual event is held in the US for Region 6: South Central North America, comprising 26 chapters. The PMI Houston Chapter is part of Region 6.

    The 2018 Region 6 meeting was held earlier this month in St. Louis, Missouri. A group of VPs, directors, and leaders from PMI Houston Chapter attended the 2-day meeting. It was a well-planned and perfectly executed event. Kudos to the Region 6 leadership and St. Louis Chapter leaders and volunteers! We had a great learning experience, ample networking opportunities and, most importantly, a lot of fun. There were several new leaders from the Houston group. We enjoyed the company and got to know one another better. It was an excellent team building environment.

    PMI Houston Chapter organizes several events every year which inspire our experienced and emerging leaders and help enhance their leadership skills and provide personal growth opportunities. They are open to all our members through the Chapter’s volunteering opportunities. Come join us! The 2019 elections for PMI Houston Chapter will be underway soon. Several Board positions are open. One of the legacies a leader can leave behind is a pipeline of leaders who are ready to take the organization to the next level.

    Step in. Step up. We’ll walk with you step by step to help achieve your leadership dreams!

    Food for thought: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams 

    Tips and Discussions - May 2018

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

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

    1. Share a startling fact.Everyone loves an interesting piece of information. Be sure to share something that audience will find surprising.

    Vocal Variety 2.0 – Three Techniques to Sound Your Best

    • Give it all you’ve Got. If you want your audience to perceive you as a 5 out of 10, you have to perform as a 7. Try recording yourself as you would plan to speak, then again going way over the top.  Wait a day and listen to the recording. You will be amazed.
    • Emphasize words naturally. To get the emphasis right, record yourself speaking conversationally to a friend.  The emphasis from a conversation is likely to have the right balance.
    • Don’t swallow the last word in your sentence. The most important words are often the last words in a sentence.  Don’t de-emphasize them.  Don’t swallow them.  Give them the importance that they deserve.

    Comedy Made Easy 

    • If there is no surprise. . . humor dies. One of the primary reasons people laugh is because of surprise, and what causes surprise is the unexpected.  Rodney Dangerfield famously said, “My wife and I were happy for twenty years . . .  and then we met.”
    • If they only hear half . . . they will never laugh. Make sure that everyone in the room can hear eery word that you say, especially the punch line.
    • When you say it last . . . they hae a blast.  Put the punch line at the very end.  If you don’t, you will be talking while your audience is laughing.  This is known as stepping on your laughs.
    • If there is no pause . . . there won’t be applause.  Comic timing can be learned.  Three pauses go into comedic timing.  One pause comes prior to the joke; another is inserted right before the punch line; and a third comes after the punch line is delivered.  The first pause draws attention, the second pause sets up the joke, the third pause comes at the end so you don’t step on the audience’s laughter.

    Tall Tale Tips

    • Have fun Writing, rehearsing and telling your tall tale.
    • If your looking for an idea, identify a conflict from your past.
    • Incorporate what you have learned from other speaking opportunities.
    • Practice, practice, practice


    Some “Very” Good Writing Advice from Mark Twain

    Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ’very’; your editor will take it out and the writing will be as it should be.  To avoid ‘very’ & ‘really’ to emphasize an adjective, simply choose a better adjective.


    -“Vocal Variety” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by Bill Brown DTM:

    -“Humor Speech Tips” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by David Kline Lovett, DTM

    -“Tall Tale Tips” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by Mitch Mirkin, CTM

    -“Some “Very” Good Advice” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, April 2018, authored by John Zimmer, ACB, ALB


    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.