Thank You to our Board Members

Posted by amc on 12/07/2016 10:49 am  

Thank You to our Board Members 

By Amy Stonesifer, PMI Houston 2016 SVP External 

As a board member you invest a lot of time and energy into PMI Houston. Each individual commits to serve when they are elected to a 2-year term. If youre elected as SVP Internal, you will serve 4 years in 4 different roles. 

Each board member works to be responsive to our members and provide our members opportunities to network and obtain professional development opportunities to grow in our profession. 

Each board member leads a team of volunteers they have recruited trained and entrusted to implement a plan to support our members. 

This year we have several retiring board members to thank: 

Angela Doray, Vice President of Membership has been the voice of the member to the board listening, asking, surveying the membership on their wants and needs. Under her leadership weve seen the introduction of networking events, volunteer service growth, new events focused on the industry they represent, such as the new Oil & Gas industry events. We appreciate Angela for her devotion to our chapter. She has attended more events than we can count! She has built an amazing team that will keep us moving forward. 

Kim Montes, Vice President Marketing has established a new brand identity for our chapter. Bringing an amazing coordination of a project to rebrand PMIH in every aspect - from our conference to our newsletter and website. She was instrumental in the success of our 2016 conference, taking on the work as the marketing lead. Kim has worked to establish processes to simplify and standardize our chapter marketing and communication needs. The processes and changes she has made happen will impact the chapter for years to come. 

Eric Hintz, Past President served our chapter as our president in 2015. This year has been his final year on the board as Past President, serving as advisor to the board members. During Eric’s numerous years of service, he has been instrumental as a technology expert, converting us to the platform we are on today when he served as VP E Business.  He served as 2014 Conference Project Manager His commitment and support has been much appreciated. 

Mitchell Crocker, Vice President Professional Development served our chapter coordinating programs for members striving for certification. During our 2016 Conference Mitch was instrumental in implementing a process of uploading PDU credits the same day for attendees to see their PDUs within hours of completion. 

Sharon Greiff, 2016 President.  Although she still has one more year to serve our board as Past President and board advisor, we want to acknowledge her commitment to our chapter. Sharon has served PMI for many years - first as VP Finance, establishing many processes for our finance team uses todayShe also acted as 2015 Conference Project Manager. She has been instrumental in our focus to give back to our Military, working to create a model program to help veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce to obtain their PMP certification. 

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 12/01/2016 10:13 am  

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions 

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

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

Tip #9. Trust your audience. The audience isn’t your enemy - they want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you. 

Would you like to learn the surprising secret to speaking with confidence?  Check out TEDx Talk The diaphragm is King of Confidence (thanks to Rashid Kapadia for this suggestion) 

1. Think of your voice as an instrument. A combination of strings (vocal chords) & air. Practice optimizing this instrument. Simplest way to exercise this instrument is to sing. Singing = Practicing. 

2. The person with the most inner confidence—with the most power—is the person with the most relaxed breathing patterns. The person most able to be still and relaxed has the most inner confidence. The diaphragm is the king of confidence—the center of expression. Confidence resides in “Diaphragmatic Breathing”. The skill is to breathe low and slow. 

3. The big takeaway: In-breath is thought and emotion. Out-breath is expression. In Latin, inspiration and respiration have the same roots. Breath is thought. Controlling emotion and thought (confidence, for example) during in-breath, leads to an experience and expression of confidence on out-breath. 

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!?

Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters 

North Houston Project Management Toastmasters 

Southwest Houston Project Management Toastmasters 

Woodlands Project Management Toastmasters 

Houston Baptist University 

Denny's Restaurant?

Schlumberger Sugar Land Campus 

Sam Houston State University 

Atwood 2 Bldg, Rm 202 

7502 Fondren Rd

Houston, Tx 77074

12697 Gessner Rd?

Houston,Tx 77064 

South of FM 1960 off FM249

The Forum 

210 Schlumberger Dr

Sugar Land, Tx 77478 

3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor 

The Woodlands, Tx 77384

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking

6:45pm - Meeting Starts

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 

6:00pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

6:15pm - 8:00pm


Job seekers, get ready for the hiring season

Posted by amc on 12/01/2016 9:59 am  

Job seekers, get ready for the hiring season 

By Rick GillisCareer Strategist, Speaker and Author of “Promote!” 

Hiring seasons might seem like myths, but they exist. Understanding when managers at companies will likely have open job positions can be crucial for everyone looking for careers. 

Yes, Virginia, you already know there is a Santa Claus, but what you might not know is that there is a "hiring season." Job seekers like yourself need to be aware of when a company is likely to have the positions (and budget) available to hire you. 

You might wonder how I would know such a thing, like Santa, exists? Well, it comes from having been in the job board business a few hundred years ago (digitally speaking). You see, the reality is that in that business, although we generated consistent revenue throughout the year, we could make an entire year’s worth of income from just the first three months of the year. Yup, from January through March, we could clean up just because there was so much hiring happening! 

I started watching closely for the "hiring seasons." I determined in my own very unscientific manner that they do, in fact, exist. 

January through March 

Virginia, I tell clients that they must do significant preparation during November and December for January hiring. New budgets are approved in the last quarter of the previous year, which makes January 1 the launch of the hiring season. This is when corporations give hiring managers the approval and authority to fill those slots they so badly wanted and needed to fill back in September! 

Fill them they will, and the sooner, the better. A lot will happen in this short time span. Managers don’t want leadership to see them as dallying (implying that maybe they didn’t really need to fill those slots...) and, as every good manager knows, if they don’t spend that money, it won’t be available to them in the following year’s budget. 

April through May 

A bit of a hiring hangover occurs, now that things are slowing down after the big hiring hurrah that occurred January through March, but those harder-to-fill or not-absolutely-necessary slots that the budget still allows for will be filled during these two months. 

May through August 

Oh, Virginia! Everything just comes to a stop at the beginning of summer! I feel so bad come the end of May and June when all of those smart, ready-to-conquer-the-world new grads hit the streets and find out that, because they did not begin their job search in earnest back in October or November of the previous year, there is just not that much out there. Entry-level jobs in most graduate’s fields are tough to find if (1) they did not intern the previous summer, (2) they did not begin submitting online applications and formal resumes to those companies they would most want to work for sooner, or (3) they don’t have an uncle in the biz. 

On the other hand, a ton of summer jobs become available that will put some dollars in your pocket. But if it’s a career that an active job seeker or a new grad is looking for, it’s a tough time simply because, in my observations, you just can’t get three managers to sign off on a new hire during the summer. One, if not all of those signatures necessary for final approval, are usually "on holiday and won’t be returning for three weeks." And so it goes. 

Bottom of Form 

Summer career hiring regardless of the level of position — versus just taking a job — requires forethought, prior action and planning. Just saying. 

September through December 

August/September through November and, to a lesser extent, into December is all about the holiday/retail season. We all know and recognize that an abundance of temporary holiday jobs is available to anyone who wants one during that October–December blitz. For those who missed previous windows this year a holiday job, if done well (I mean really well), can often times lead to a permanent offer post-Christmas. Let’s face it: the big retailers continuously need talented people, and, any time a hint of a permanent hire comes your way, Virginia, by all means have the discussion. You never know. 

On the other hand, and referring back to January through March in this post, you should be actively and professionally aggressive about positioning yourself by submitting applications throughout the aforementioned holiday season for the January–March hiring blitz. 

Essential Hires 

Now don’t get me wrong, Virginia, hiring happens year round — we all know that. I just wanted to provide you with this overview of annual hiring seasons. 

Which leads to the question: how come people get new jobs every day? Well, it’s because they solve a problem. This is what is called Essential Hiring, and it happens each and every time a company determines they have a need for someone to _______. (You fill in the blank.) 

You see, Virginia, what you do and what you have to offer is essential... to someone. Your job (pun intended) is to network continuously to inform others of your availability. If they don’t know you do X and are available, then who’s the one missing out? 

About the Author 

Rick Gillis learned how to creatively speak "the language of employment" having spent ten years calling on HR professionals, staffing companies, business owners and major corporations while representing the first job board in the greater Houston, TX (USA) area.  A pioneer and expert of online job search, Rick now considers himself a "digital dinosaur."  Rick is the author of Promote! and Job!