PM Toastmasters Club - Tips and Discussions - August 2017

Posted by amc on 07/25/2017 1:55 pm  /   Program and Meetings

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

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

17. Enter contests. Entering contests is a challenging and fun way to improve your skills. Toastmasters offers various speech contests throughout the year.

Preparing a Presentation? Think Different. Think Antimetabole (AN-ti-muh-TAB-uh-lee)+ Contrast

  •         First—an example of Antimetabole: Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
  •         Next—an example of Contrast: That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.
  •         There is precision, power, and poetry in these examples. Yet they are merely rhetorical devices. Every leader and presenter can harness the power of these rhetorical tools.

Whether you are a presenter or a team leader, clear communication is expected from you. Clear communication is effective and appreciated. It is 100% your obligation and opportunity to be an effective communicator.

  •         Clear communication follows clear thinking. I’m surprised how few people recognize this simple fact. Without clear thinking, there can be no clear communication.
  •         After, and only after there is thought clarity, comes the task of delivering the message as effectively as possible. Clarity and brevity are cornerstones of effective communication.
  •         In order to get to clarity and brevity, Antimetabole and Contrast are super-effective rhetorical devices.
  •         Antimetabole. A word derived from Greek. The repetition of words in transposed order. Antimetabole can be used to rhetorically express irony, complexity, and make a 2-sided argument concisely, with precision and a poetic type of beauty. (pronunciation)
  •         Contrast. An effective technique. Well known to classical writers on rhetoric. Also referred to as antithesis, enantiosis and antitheton.

 -Excerpted from Rashid Kapadia’s blog (

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.  

Visit a meeting to discover the benefits of membership!