November 2019: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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Tips and Discussions

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

  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

  1. Distinguish your goals and targets. It’s important to know the goal of your message and WHY you are speaking to it. The best way to bomb a speech is to not understand the purpose.

Silence is Golden

A well-placed pause adds variety, drama, and clarity to your speech.

The pause is also the cure for filler words.  Develop the habit of using pauses wherever you currently use ah, uh, so . . .


The Link Between Listening and Speaking

Communication is a spinning circle, where the way I speak affects the way you listen, and the way you listen affects the way I speak.


Hearing is a physical, chemical & electrical process. 

By contrast, Listening is purely mental. Your brain seeks to recognize patterns in the sounds received, then:


1 Select what to pay attention to based on new sounds and known significant sounds

2 Assign meaning to those sounds


Listening then is making meaning from sound.

Each of us Listens through Filters

1) Language; 2) Culture; 3) Values, attitudes, beliefs, assumptions; 4) Intentions, expectations, emotions.


Your listening filters create your reality because they determine both what you choose to listen to, and what you make it mean.

You Can Change Your Reality by taking control of your own listening, by taking control of your listening, starting with becoming conscious of your filters.

When you are conscious of something, you can start to change it.

Before you speak, ask “What’s the listening”.  This will help you target your audience.

Learn Julian Treasure’s methods at, his 5 Ted Talks, or his book “How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening”.


“Silence is Golden” Excerpted from July 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Bill Brown, DTM

“The Link Between Listening and Speaking” Excerpted from August 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Julian Treasure


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.