January 2021: Tips & Discussions from Project Management Toastmasters Club

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Tips and Discussions from Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor

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

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

59. Avoid negative topics. Try to focus on positive or uplifting messages. While sometimes it’s necessary to speak to a negative topic, include positive ways the issue can be improved or resolved.

Speak Up, Young Professional!

Six reasons to hone your public speaking skills early in your career

1. You'll Stand Out Among Your Peers

  • In a world of text messages and emails, the ability to speak well gets noticed.

2. You'll Demonstrate Leadership Potential

  • Confidant & competent public speaking demonstrates readiness for the next level

3. You'll Become a Better Thinker

  • The best way to learn something is to teach it or at least speak it in front of a group

4. You'll Gain Credibility (Whether You Deserve It or Not)

  • When you're the one with the courage to speak up, you get the credit

5. Your Ideas Get Considered

  • The ideas that get presented get considered.

6. It's a Ton of Fun

  • Entertaining an audience with a good story is a 2-way street. It is fun!


Strengthening communication skills is a key to connecting with people and improving relationships.  That leads not only to more emotional fulfillment, but a more harmonious society.  [Dr Ralph C. Smedley]

The Quest for Confidence

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code, suggest a trifecta of steps to cultivate confidence: leave your comfort zone, fail fast, and nurture a growth mindset.

These confidence cultivation steps dovetail with Toastmaster's experiences.

1. Take a Chance

  • Storytelling provides a means of sharing experiences and conclusions.

2. Fail Fast

  • Lessons come quickly for Table Topics speakers

3. Nurture a growth mindset

  • Those who believe are the most likely to succeed.


“Speak Up, Young Professional” Excerpted from the December 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article Nathan Magnuson

“The Quest for Confidence” Excerpted from the December 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Emily Sachs

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.