January 2020: Letter from the President

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It is with great pleasure that I wish you a Happy New Year full of success both personally and professionally.


As you know, PMI Houston has served as the authority for the local project management community for 45 years. From facilitating top-notch training to executing best in class conferences, we have consistently delivered and have done it with excellence. Now entering into 2020, our 46th year, in a new decade, with a new Board of Directors, and a new look, I can’t help but ooze with excitement about all that is in store for 2020.


My excitement and service to PMI Houston began nearly a decade ago as a conference volunteer -- meeting and greeting attendees and serving as speaker support. Shortly thereafter, I was designated to lead the Galleria venue as Venue Director. A year later, I was selected to be a speaker for our annual conference and invited back the next year to be a speaker and a full-day workshop facilitator. Years later, I was nominated and elected to serve as Vice President of Marketing for two years, then Senior Vice President, and now proudly as President.


Like many of you, I’ve worked in the project management industry for years consulting, coaching, training and leveraging the knowledge and skills I’ve learned over the years to manage award-winning, cutting edge projects and to right the wrongs of those pesky “bad news bears” projects. I know firsthand how mission-critical it is as a practitioner to always have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the project management industry, as well as keeping your eyes and ears open for new methodologies and trends. This is especially true here in Houston, the most culturally diverse city in the nation, which just happens to be well-known for its diversity in industries as well. Houston is the energy capital of the world, home to the world's largest medical complex, and a thriving and robust market for multi-million dollar construction, innovation, and IT projects.


All of which is why my 20/20 vision for PMI Houston is two-fold. First, to explore how these companies and industries are leveraging project management to deliver projects successfully and spotlight the great project management professionals that are leading the charge. Second, to be the HUB that companies, practitioners and PMP hopefuls from all industries rely on for workshops, training, and resources.


I look forward to serving the over 4,000 PMI Houston members alongside the dynamic 2020 Board of Directors as your President, continuing the great legacy of PMI Houston, and powering the Project Economy together.


God's Speed, 

LaToshia Norwood, PMP 
President, PMI Houston

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December 2019: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions


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

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

46. Learn from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to appreciate the lesson you learned, and keep moving forward.



3 Steps to Crafting Clear, Concise Documents

  1. Write a draft version
  • Identify the purpose of your document, then write with the purpose in mind
  • Outline first to develop a structure
    • Opening -Write the opening last
    • Body (with 3 to 5 main points) - Write the body first
    • Conclusion -Write the Conclusion second

  1. Revise
  • Edit in spaced sessions; Reflection provides the mental distance for improvement
  • Strive to Eliminate wordiness; Use clear and concise words, Use active rather than passive sentence structure, Fulfill the document’s purpose
  • Reduce Text; Use lists, tables, bullets for visual impact. Put detail in appendices.

  1. Polish
  • Record & Listen to yourself reading the document.
  • Polish more if it doesn’t flow.


Want to be More Likable?

Likability goes a long way toward getting elected, hired, promoted, motivating people or closing deals.

  • Likability has four elements (1-Being interesting, 2-Being transparent, 3-Being generous, 4-Finding similarities)
  • Learn to be Likable (1-Ask questions, 2-Be vulnerable, 3-Be present, 4-Use people’s names, 5-Smile and be friendly
  • Habits that make people unlikable (1-Talking about themselves too much, 2-Competing in conversations, 3-Name-dropping, 4-Gossiping or sharing confidences
  • If you want to be liked, simply like others for who they are.



“3 Steps to Crafting Clear, Concise Documents” Excerpted from November 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Barbara Bashein
“Want to Be More Likable ” Excerpted from November 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Karen Friedman
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.