May 2020: Toastmasters Tips and Discussions

Posted by admin on 05/12/2020 4:10 pm  /   Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips & Discussions

Harold Eaton, PMI Houston

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

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

 

51. Be patient. Becoming a great speaker will not just happen overnight. There is a process so be patient with yourself.

 

Write, Edit, Practice. Repeat

In Project Management, we encourage planners to follow the Demming Loop (PDCA or Plan Do Check Adjust.  The author of this article advocates developing great speeches by a similar method, Write, Edit, Practice, Repeat.  The wining process requires 1) Planning & thinking about the story you want to tell ahead of time; 2) Write your story (at least a draft version of what you want to say); 3) Edit the draft to focus the story; 4) Practice telling the story until it becomes your own; 5) Repeat the process. 

If this process sounds similar to the Demming Loop, it is because every gem was once a rough stone. 

Want to Speak With Passion?

If you want to Speak with Passion, knowing why you care is key.   If you want to find a sense of purpose in your communications, you may want to ask yourself, “Why you?”

Three Questions to ask yourself to find your “Why you?”

Why do you care about your audience or about the event where you’re speaking?

Why do you care about your subject or your organization?

What are you most proud of in your work?

Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  When you have answered “Why you?” at the start of a speech or presentation, people will listen more to what you have to say.

Toastmaster Tips for What to Say When Your Mind Goes Blank

  • It helps to have a signature phrase that you use throughout the speech. it buys you time.
  • To center yourself, take a deep breath, or several of them. Oxygenate and relax.
  • Practice helps make perfect. Rehearse in front of a camera and review the video.
  • When rehearsing, anchor parts of the stage to parts of your speech
  • Eye contact with your audience helps. Scan your audience to appear confident as you think.

 

 


“Write, Edit, Practice. Repeat” Excerpted from March 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Gangadhar Krishna, DTM

“Want to Speak With Passion” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Allison Shapira.

“Seven Seconds of Terror” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Ed Tate

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.   


March 2020: Project Management Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

Posted by admin on 03/05/2020 4:00 pm  /   Toastmasters

By Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Toastmasters

 

 

 

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

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

49. Use slang with caution. Slang words don’t translate well across different cultures and ethnicities. Be careful to make sure that the meaning behind your words is interpreted as intended.

How Volunteering Improves Your Health

The 2018 United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report documents the impact of volunteering on volunteers & the communities they support, a Belgian study at Ghent University covering 43,000 people in 29 countries shows volunteers to be as healthy as non-volunteers 5 years younger. Closer to home, a US study covering 3,300 adults shows:

76% of volunteers credit volunteering for making them feel healthier

94% of volunteers report mood improvement

96% report an enriched sense of purpose

78% credit volunteering for lowering stress levels

Becoming a Love Language Linguist

Gary Chapman, in The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, says that his 5 distinct love languages are about good communication. He says, “Understanding how to communicate in the best way possible improves relationships!” The 5 Love Languages identified by Chapman are:

  • Words of Affirmation - Toastmasters evaluations offer practice at appropriate feedback through affirmation & critique tailored for the speaker
  • Acts of Service - Every club relies on member participation and engagement
  • Quality Time - Club members giving time, want it spent wisely. Agendas rule!
  • Gifts - Recognition is a gift that warms the heart.
  • Touch - Toastmasters handshakes are a long tradition, but clubs should be aware of what is culturally appropriate in different parts of the world.

 

One of Toastmasters' core missions is to empower members to become more effective communicators.

 

“How Volunteering Improves Your Health” Excerpted from February 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Jennifer L. Blanck, DTM

“Become a Love Language Linguist” Excerpted from February 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Ellen Gillette

 

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.   


February 2020: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

Posted by admin on 01/31/2020 12:04 pm  /   Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions

                 

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

  

  • “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic, they are ideally set up to understand stories.” --  Roger Schank, Entrepreneur

 

  • “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” – Ira Glass, NPR Radio Host and Producer

 

  • “I’m writing my story so that others may see fragments of themselves.” – Lena Waithe, Screenwriter

 

  • “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling, Author

 

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

 

  1. Know the dress code.Research the culture of the audience and how they dress. Dress one level higher than the audience – typically business or business casual.

 

Storytelling Tips from Craig Valentine

  • Don’t just establish a conflict, escalate it.
  • Invite your audience into your scene. You might say, “Imagine you were in my shoes”.
  • Condense to connect. When you create a scene, don’t tell us everything, just tell us the main thing.
  • Come out of your story and talk to the audience. You may look into the audience and ask a question to keep them focused on active participants instead of passive spectators.
  • Make your audience curious from the beginning. Tease them before you tell them.
  • Don’t keep repeating your message. If you keep talking after you have made your point, your audience will lose interest.
  • Create characters. Use posture, positioning, and change of voice to bring characters alive.
  • Show the emotional change in your character. After you transcend your conflict, make sure your audience recognizes the transformation. If there’s no change, there’s no story.
  • Be subtle with most of what you do delivery-wise. Look up to show a child is talking to an adult.
  • With a few exceptions, keep your stories short. The longer you work on a story, the shorter it should get.

 

 “Using Stories to Breathe Life into Every Speech” Excerpted from December 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Craig Valentine

 

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.