October 2018: Project Management Toastmasters Club - Tips & Discussions

Posted by amc on 10/04/2018 2:38 pm  /   Toastmasters

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"

32. Be specific. Try to keep your speeches and discussion to the topic on point. Don’t convolute your message with too many stories that stray from the original purpose.

Create a Culture of Candor

(Observable Candor may be used to predict high performing teams)

Best Practices for Meetings

  • Break meetings into smaller groups When five or more people meet, those with confidence and commanding voices will dominate. Smaller groups increase the odds that more voices will be heard.
  • Flatten your hierarchy Encourage the free flow of information at all times, not just in meetings.
  • Designate a “Yoda” Pick an official advocate of candor. A Yoda’s job is to notice and speak up when something is left unsaid, or criticism is unconstructive.


Best Practices for Individual Feedback

True collaboration is impossible when people don’t trust one another to speak with candor.  Solving problems requires honest exchanges.

  • Give Clear Permission The person from whom you are soliciting feedback must know for certain that he or she can feel safe being candid with you.
  • Watch for Emotions Really listen to unexpected feedback. This is an opportunity to learn how you look through a different pair of eyes.
  • Be Generous and Strive for Greater “connectedness” Asking for someone’s candid appraisal is flattering. Tell the person providing feedback why you respect his or her opinion and insights.
  • Say “Thank You” Remember to thank the feedback provider. Restate the feedback and promise to take it into consideration.  Follow up later with a description of how you’ve used the feedback constructively.
  • Make Candid Feedback a Habit Requesting candid feedback is a great way to stay in touch. It is a skill that few have the courage to practice but is crucial to master if you hope to benefit from valuable mentors in your life.


“Creating a Culture of Candor” Excerpted from August 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Keith Ferrazzi (www.ferrazzigreenlight.com)

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.