By Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Toastmasters
Quotes: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb
From Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"
49. Use slang with caution. Slang words don’t translate well across different cultures and ethnicities. Be careful to make sure that the meaning behind your words is interpreted as intended.
How Volunteering Improves Your Health
The 2018 United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report documents the impact of volunteering on volunteers & the communities they support, a Belgian study at Ghent University covering 43,000 people in 29 countries shows volunteers to be as healthy as non-volunteers 5 years younger. Closer to home, a US study covering 3,300 adults shows:
76% of volunteers credit volunteering for making them feel healthier
94% of volunteers report mood improvement
96% report an enriched sense of purpose
78% credit volunteering for lowering stress levels
Becoming a Love Language Linguist
Gary Chapman, in The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, says that his 5 distinct love languages are about good communication. He says, “Understanding how to communicate in the best way possible improves relationships!” The 5 Love Languages identified by Chapman are:
- Words of Affirmation - Toastmasters evaluations offer practice at appropriate feedback through affirmation & critique tailored for the speaker
- Acts of Service - Every club relies on member participation and engagement
- Quality Time - Club members giving time, want it spent wisely. Agendas rule!
- Gifts - Recognition is a gift that warms the heart.
- Touch - Toastmasters handshakes are a long tradition, but clubs should be aware of what is culturally appropriate in different parts of the world.
One of Toastmasters' core missions is to empower members to become more effective communicators.
“How Volunteering Improves Your Health” Excerpted from February 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Jennifer L. Blanck, DTM
“Become a Love Language Linguist” Excerpted from February 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Ellen Gillette
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.