Project YOU: Managing Your Career as a Project Professional

Posted by amc on 04/04/2018 4:29 pm  /   Spotlights

PMI Houston 2018 Conference & Expo

June 4 5, 2018 

NRG Park  |  8400 Kirby Dr  |  Houston, Texas 77054

Project YOU:  Managing Your Career as a Project Professional

Are you making professional development a personal priority?  

The PMI Houston Conference & Expo will equip participants at ALL career stages to identify, pursue and achieve professional goals by becoming Project Managers of their own careers.  This two-day event brings together hundreds of project management professionals in the region for premier education, knowledge sharing, and networking. 

  •         Inspiring Keynote Speakers
  •         All new tracks aligned with career stages
  •         Breakout Sessions and Workshops aligned with the PMI®TalentTriangle
  •         2-Day Sponsor & Vendor Expo
  •         Networking Reception on Monday


Registration now open!

Calling All Speakers!

The Call for Speakers will open on Friday, March 2nd.  For more information, visit


Partner with PMI Houston to reach one of the largest PMI chapters in the US!

See the PMI Houston website for a full list of sponsorship benefits and email [email protected] for more details.




April 2018 - From the President

Posted by amc on 04/04/2018 12:18 pm  /   Presidents Letter

Terry Minhas, President of PMI Houston

PMI Houston Chapter is run by the elected Board of Directors (BoD). The electoral process for 2019 is about to begin. Stay tuned for more information on the process, schedule and qualification criteria.

I would like to remind the membership that the success of our Chapter and quality of our services is determined by the Board of Directors YOU elect. Therefore, your active participation in the electoral process by voting for the right candidates is critical. Also, I would urge members to seriously consider running for open positions to benefit the Chapter by unleashing your potential. If you wish to learn more and get exposure to the board meetings and activities, please contact me. I am a strong advocate of inclusion and empowerment. This is your opportunity to get involved and to play a role in making PMI Houston even better.

Food for Thought: “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” - Thomas Jefferson

April 2018 - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 04/04/2018 12:10 pm  /   Toastmasters


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

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

25. Ask a thought-provoking question. Capture the audience’s attention by asking a question they may not know the answer to. For example, “Do you know why the sky is blue? It’s a question many kids ask their parents as kids, and I’m honestly not sure I could explain it without a Google search. But I do know what will turn the sky from blue to grey, and that’s pollution.”

Let's go hit the Rock.

UH Basketball Coach Kelvin Samson tells his assistants this after every staff meeting. This comes from a story told by Jacob A. Riis, "A stonecutter hammers away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two. It was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

Remember: “Regular planning is critical for any operation, but preparedness and persistence are even more important than the best plan”.

5 Words to Make You More Persuasive

Clarity, Brevity, Context, Impact, Value

  1.       If it is not clear, the Audience will not be persuaded.
  2.       If your audience is waiting for you to get to the point, the audience will not be persuaded.
  3.       If the relevance to the audience is not obvious, the audience will not be persuaded.
  4.       If there is no impact, and the audience cannot remember what you said, they will not be persuaded.
  5.       If there is no value, and the speaker only communicates from his/her own perspective, the audience will not be persuaded.

Is Your Voice Being Counted?

Try these methods (Insteads) for interrupting politely. 

  •         Instead of cutting someone off, say: Please excuse me, or Let me interrupt for just a moment.
  •         Instead of correcting someone, try saying: I understand your concern or viewpoint, but perhaps we can look at it differently.
  •         Instead of totally ignoring what someone is saying, acknowledge or expand on it: As Brian just said, we can do this . . . or What do you think if we also did such and such?
  •         Instead of not responding or not speaking up because you aren’t sure what to say, look for opportunities to ask a question or to clarify, which will help you be heard.
  •         Instead of burying your head in your notes or your phone, make eye contact with the person leading the meeting or gently hold up a hand to signal you’d like to say something.


-“5 Words” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, March 2018, authored by Dean Brenner;

-“Insteads” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, March 2018, authored by Karen Friedman, author of Shut Up and Say Something


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.