Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Posted by admin on 04/09/2021 12:00 am  /   Home Page Highlights, Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs


Tips and Discussions from Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor

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

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

62. Limit caffeine. Too much caffeine can make you shaky during your speech. Try to limit your caffeine intake the day of and night before your speaking engagement.

Learning to Evaluate Everybody

Toastmasters believe the best way to improve at anything is to “practice with feedback”. The feedback part of the Toastmasters Loop comes from the evaluations received on the prepared speeches. Another factor that comes into play is “learning by teaching”, which comes from doing the evaluations. Anyone who has taught can tell you that one of the best ways to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. Once we have identified what works for others, we are far more likely to put it into practice for ourselves.

Micro Business, Macro Results

Regardless of the size of your business, few things matter like communication. You may want to polish your skills in the following areas:

  •  Listening
    •  For many, the challenge is to listen to hear, not just to respond (Active listening makes others feel valued, reduces mistakes, and produces better feedback to the speaker.
    • Stephen Covey listed habit 5 of his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as “Seek First to                    Understand, Then To Be Understood”. There was a reason for this.
  • Storytelling
    •  When you present facts and figures, what is often missing is emotion. To connect, you need to tell your story in a compelling, memorable way. Grabbing the listener's attention, gets the audience excited about what you have to offer.
  • Organization
    •  A business presentation needs to be well defined, organized, and structured, but most importantly it must focus on the interests of the audience, or it is pointless at best.
  • Persuasion
    • Appealing to your audience’s interests is the best way to convince the client.
  • For a small business owner to get the most out of Toastmasters, they may want to:
    • Join a club focused on small business owners
    • Make use of club speeches to practice, rehearse & refine your presentation skills
    • Focus on your weaknesses. Find roles that help you work on and polish your skills.
    •  Networking is invaluable, the more folks you engage with the more contacts you develop
    • Gain visibility by joining a local speaker’s bureau to demonstrate your expertise

Creating Connections and Reconnecting

Many can identify with the following observation.  “When you share life stories and encouraging remarks with others . . . , the people in the clubs are not just members, they are extended family”.  (Angie Palmer, DTM)


“Learning to Evaluate Everybody” Excerpted from the March 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Megan Preston Meyer
“Micro Business, Macro Results” Excerpted from the March 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Lynne Strang, DTM

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.


Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Posted by admin on 03/09/2021 3:54 pm  /   Home Page Highlights, Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs


Tips and Discussions from Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor

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

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

61. Practice eye contact. Practicing eye contact in all social situations will make it easier on stage. Practice eye contact with people you work with, the cashier at the grocery store, etc.

The Formula For Funny

• If you can inspire people to laugh, you’ve found a way to draw them in & engage their interest.
• Check out Drew Tarvin’s TED Talk, “The Skill of Humor
• Humor offers a “virtual hug” for listeners and an invitation to be playful.
• Humor can be broken down into “Four Ways To Be Funny”
    o Self-Enhancing: Focuses on yourself in a positive way
  o Affiliative: Focuses on others in a positive way. Humor about commonly shared experiences may be the safest type for the work environment.
    o Self-Defeating: Focuses on yourself in a negative manner. Humor at your expense.
    o Aggressive: Focuses on others in a negative manner.
• Making fun of yourself is often the most successful humor method. People are more likely to listen.
• The Power of Three is also called the Comic Triple. Jokes can come in 3 parts—setup, anticipation and punchline. Three is the smallest number of points needed for a pattern. An example of a comic triple as a self-enhancing joke:
    1) I’ve taken up speed reading (setup)
    2) I can read “The Lord of the Rings” in 10 seconds (anticipation)
    3) It’s only five words, but it’s a start! (punchline)
• While experimenting with humor, remember these 3 tips:
    o Be Relevant. Affiliative humor based on shared experiences is the surest path.
    o Be Kind. Positive jokes create a feel-good environment.
    o Be Flexible. Table topics offer practice at humor. Try “Yes, and . . . “

Ask the Right Questions When Reviewing Your Life’s Achievements

These questions can help you probe what you are made of, such as: courage, compassion and humility.
Real achievement cannot be condensed into resumes or statements of net worth. Real achievement is always an inside job. Consider these questions:

    • How many times did I refuse to quit? Quitting is easy, it takes grit to see things through.
    • How many times did I learn from my mistakes? Everyone makes mistakes, not all learn from them.
    • How many times did I make a comeback? The only normal thing is life the cycle of highs and lows.
    • How many times did I let someone else have the glory? There is much satisfaction in sharing the glory.
    • How many times did I take criticism gracefully? Grace allows you to accept what’s useful & ignore what isn’t.
    • How many times did I make somebody else’s day? Carefully crafted compliments can hit the mark.


“The Formula for Funny” Excerpted from the February 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Beth Black
“Ask the Right Questions When Reviewing Your Life’s Achievements” Excerpted from “How Far Has Your Bottle Gone” in the February 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Ernest R. Stair

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.


Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Posted by admin on 02/12/2021 12:47 pm  /   Home Page Highlights, Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs


Tips and Discussions from Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor

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

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

60. Smile and introduce yourself. Let the audience know who you are and why you should be speaking about this topic.

 

The Difference Between Goals and a Vision

• A vision is what we want the dream to look like
  o When framing your vision statement, don’t be afraid to think big.
• Goals are the stepping-stones to reaching that vision.
  o Every goal accomplished deserves a celebration because each goal brings you one step closer to fulfilling your dream-big vision.
• The key is to have a dream-big vision with manageable goals leading to that vision.

The Importance of passion, purpose and perseverance in reaching your goals

• Find your passion. Passion is the fuel for your vision.
• Create a Dream-Big Vision. If all obstacles were removed, what would be your big goal?
• Take the first step. You cannot finish until after you start.
• What’s your Why? Identify your purpose.

The Art of Virtual Brainstorming

Apply these four guard-rails to keep your brainstorming on track

• Go for quantity. The more ideas, the better the chance of a home run.
• Withhold criticism. When you criticize ideas, the flow of ideas stops.
• Welcome wild ideas. Sometimes the best ideas aren’t the obvious ones.
• Combine and improve ideas. Sometimes 1+1 can equal 3.

How to Succeed in the New Corner Office

Habits that can help you be more productive during working hours, and bring positive changes to your life.

• Think Task, not Time. Set 3 to 5 doable tasks for each day. When you have finished you are done.
• Match the Right Work to the Right Time. Match you peak goals with your peak energy times.
• Take Breaks. Punctuate your day with a few well-chosen breaks if you want to be effective.
• Reach Out. Socializing enables collaboration. Working alone breaks connections. Make an effort.
• Move. Build in to your day reasons to move. Sitting still all day is not healthy.
• Over-Communicate. If you’re not seen, people won’t see or connect. Reach out and communicate.
• Make Your Workspace Your Happy Place. Experiment and see what conditions are best for you.

Check out Laura VanderKam’s TED Talk, “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time


“What is Your Dream-Big Vision?” Excerpted from the January 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article Joe Grondin, DTM, AS
“The Art of Virtual Brainstorming” Excerpted from the January 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Greg Glasgow
“How to Succeed in the New Corner Office” Excerpted from the January 2021 Toastmasters Magazine article by Laura Vanderkam

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.