October: Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 10/03/2017 11:32 am  /   Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

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

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

19. Use visuals. Make sure your visual aids reinforce your message and don’t distract from it.

Leadership: it’s NOT About YOU

To be a good leader, you have to change your mindset from Getting to Giving.

Some Observations on leadership of volunteers>

  •         The more you can think of your job as making it possible for others to succeed, the more successful you’ll be as a leader of volunteers.
  •         Creating a climate of accountability, setting clear expectations and managing team conflict takes a different mindset when leading volunteers.
  •         The more leaders can view themselves as facilitators of knowledge and team success, the more effective they become.
  •         Leaders of volunteers need to make the transition from me to them and identify what drives members of their teams, because the source of that motivation can differ from person to person.  The only way to find out what motivates your team members is to ask questions and take time to truly listen to them.
  •         To Lead is to Appreciate.   Thanking your fellow volunteers for the roles they play and the work they do is a gift that keeps on giving.  It has been said that “A human being’s greatest support system is gratitude.”

How to Succeed as a First-Time Leader

Here are some of the areas where new leaders need to flip their thinking:

Mindset Flip> The most successful new leaders don’t seek perfection but accept that they’ll make mistakes and grow from them.

Skill-set Flip> The technical skills that have made new leaders successful in past roles don’t carry the same weight in leadership positions.  It’s usually about their communication skills, their mentoring skills, their integrity or how they supported their teams through thick & thin.

Relationship Flip> A top challenge for new leaders is transitioning form peer or friend to boss.

Do-it-all attitude flip> It is crucial that new leaders learn early to coach, develop and mentor others than simply taking over their work.

Perspective flip> This requires a Win-Win attitude rather than the zero-sum game of I win, you lose.  It’s about shifting from a narrow perspective to a broader one that understands how all of the pieces of a team or of an organization fit together.

-Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, September 2017 authored by Dave Zielinksi based on interviews with Shar Mc Bee, Marshall Goldsmith, Doug Van Dyke & William Gentry

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.  


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