January 2021: Tips & Discussions from Project Management Toastmasters Club

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions from Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor


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

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

59. Avoid negative topics. Try to focus on positive or uplifting messages. While sometimes it’s necessary to speak to a negative topic, include positive ways the issue can be improved or resolved.

Speak Up, Young Professional!

Six reasons to hone your public speaking skills early in your career

1. You'll Stand Out Among Your Peers

  • In a world of text messages and emails, the ability to speak well gets noticed.


2. You'll Demonstrate Leadership Potential

  • Confidant & competent public speaking demonstrates readiness for the next level


3. You'll Become a Better Thinker

  • The best way to learn something is to teach it or at least speak it in front of a group


4. You'll Gain Credibility (Whether You Deserve It or Not)

  • When you're the one with the courage to speak up, you get the credit


5. Your Ideas Get Considered

  • The ideas that get presented get considered.


6. It's a Ton of Fun

  • Entertaining an audience with a good story is a 2-way street. It is fun!

 

Strengthening communication skills is a key to connecting with people and improving relationships.  That leads not only to more emotional fulfillment, but a more harmonious society.  [Dr Ralph C. Smedley]

The Quest for Confidence

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code, suggest a trifecta of steps to cultivate confidence: leave your comfort zone, fail fast, and nurture a growth mindset.

These confidence cultivation steps dovetail with Toastmaster's experiences.

1. Take a Chance

  • Storytelling provides a means of sharing experiences and conclusions.


2. Fail Fast

  • Lessons come quickly for Table Topics speakers


3. Nurture a growth mindset

  • Those who believe are the most likely to succeed.

 


“Speak Up, Young Professional” Excerpted from the December 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article Nathan Magnuson

“The Quest for Confidence” Excerpted from the December 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Emily Sachs

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.   


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.