From the President - May 2018

Posted by amc on 05/03/2018 3:21 pm  /   Presidents Letter


PMI Global Headquarters plans events throughout the year globally for career and leadership development for our professional communities. One such annual event is held in the US for Region 6: South Central North America, comprising 26 chapters. The PMI Houston Chapter is part of Region 6.

The 2018 Region 6 meeting was held earlier this month in St. Louis, Missouri. A group of VPs, directors, and leaders from PMI Houston Chapter attended the 2-day meeting. It was a well-planned and perfectly executed event. Kudos to the Region 6 leadership and St. Louis Chapter leaders and volunteers! We had a great learning experience, ample networking opportunities and, most importantly, a lot of fun. There were several new leaders from the Houston group. We enjoyed the company and got to know one another better. It was an excellent team building environment.

PMI Houston Chapter organizes several events every year which inspire our experienced and emerging leaders and help enhance their leadership skills and provide personal growth opportunities. They are open to all our members through the Chapter’s volunteering opportunities. Come join us! The 2019 elections for PMI Houston Chapter will be underway soon. Several Board positions are open. One of the legacies a leader can leave behind is a pipeline of leaders who are ready to take the organization to the next level.

Step in. Step up. We’ll walk with you step by step to help achieve your leadership dreams!

Food for thought: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams 

Tips and Discussions - May 2018

Posted by amc on 05/03/2018 3:03 pm  /   Toastmasters

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

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

  1. Share a startling fact.Everyone loves an interesting piece of information. Be sure to share something that audience will find surprising.

Vocal Variety 2.0 – Three Techniques to Sound Your Best

  • Give it all you’ve Got. If you want your audience to perceive you as a 5 out of 10, you have to perform as a 7. Try recording yourself as you would plan to speak, then again going way over the top.  Wait a day and listen to the recording. You will be amazed.
  • Emphasize words naturally. To get the emphasis right, record yourself speaking conversationally to a friend.  The emphasis from a conversation is likely to have the right balance.
  • Don’t swallow the last word in your sentence. The most important words are often the last words in a sentence.  Don’t de-emphasize them.  Don’t swallow them.  Give them the importance that they deserve.

Comedy Made Easy 

  • If there is no surprise. . . humor dies. One of the primary reasons people laugh is because of surprise, and what causes surprise is the unexpected.  Rodney Dangerfield famously said, “My wife and I were happy for twenty years . . .  and then we met.”
  • If they only hear half . . . they will never laugh. Make sure that everyone in the room can hear eery word that you say, especially the punch line.
  • When you say it last . . . they hae a blast.  Put the punch line at the very end.  If you don’t, you will be talking while your audience is laughing.  This is known as stepping on your laughs.
  • If there is no pause . . . there won’t be applause.  Comic timing can be learned.  Three pauses go into comedic timing.  One pause comes prior to the joke; another is inserted right before the punch line; and a third comes after the punch line is delivered.  The first pause draws attention, the second pause sets up the joke, the third pause comes at the end so you don’t step on the audience’s laughter.

Tall Tale Tips

  • Have fun Writing, rehearsing and telling your tall tale.
  • If your looking for an idea, identify a conflict from your past.
  • Incorporate what you have learned from other speaking opportunities.
  • Practice, practice, practice


Some “Very” Good Writing Advice from Mark Twain

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ’very’; your editor will take it out and the writing will be as it should be.  To avoid ‘very’ & ‘really’ to emphasize an adjective, simply choose a better adjective.


-“Vocal Variety” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by Bill Brown DTM:

-“Humor Speech Tips” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by David Kline Lovett, DTM

-“Tall Tale Tips” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, Feb 2016, authored by Mitch Mirkin, CTM

-“Some “Very” Good Advice” Excerpted from Toastmaster magazine, April 2018, authored by John Zimmer, ACB, ALB


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.   


Posted by amc on 05/03/2018 2:58 pm  /   Professional Interest


By: Tom Goebel, PMI Houston Director of Communications


PMI Houston is expanding its efforts to connect with its membership. Over the next few months, our members will see an increased social media presence, easier newsletter access, and more integration between all of our platforms.

One of our main efforts will be devoted to driving Twitter participation. As a platform, Twitter offers many advantages. The biggest, probably, is that it’s a way to “push” the chapter’s information out to 4400+ members rather than forcing them to search for it. And with Twitter, the reader receives easily manageable packets (“Tweets”) which are ideal for digesting information during busy days.

With all of these benefits in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to help you get started with a step-by-step tutorial that runs through setting up your account and explains some of the “ins and outs” of navigating the Twitterverse.

Signing up is easy. When you type in the Twitter URL ( in your browser, the first screen you will see is this:


Create your login credentials (sign-up is free) and you are ready to go!

Once you’re in and your profile is completed, you can get down to the business of tweeting. You can look for any existing account in the “Search” field – friends, colleagues, well-known celebrities and news organizations. A good place to start is our very own organization. Type “PMI Houston” in the search box. You should end up with something that looks like this:


Clicking on the “Following” link will ensure that our chapter news, events, and notifications will appear in your Twitter “feed” automatically. If you’ve selected the “always stay logged in” option, merely going to Twitter on your desktop browser or clicking on the Twitter icon on your mobile device will immediately bring the feed to your screen.

Your comfort with the application will increase with use, and as you experiment with the features. Of course, you will probably want to follow other people and organizations in addition to the PMI Houston chapter. In addition to following the accounts of friends and news organizations, I also follow the PMI global organization and several other chapters, as well as some chapter members.

I hope you will give this a try. The information we can deliver to you about your organization is too useful and important to pass up. We would love to hear about your experiences with Twitter and our outreach to you in general. Drop us a line. We’re here to help you!

Thomas Goebel

[email protected]