November 2019: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions

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

  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

  1. Distinguish your goals and targets. It’s important to know the goal of your message and WHY you are speaking to it. The best way to bomb a speech is to not understand the purpose.

Silence is Golden

A well-placed pause adds variety, drama, and clarity to your speech.

The pause is also the cure for filler words.  Develop the habit of using pauses wherever you currently use ah, uh, so . . .


The Link Between Listening and Speaking

Communication is a spinning circle, where the way I speak affects the way you listen, and the way you listen affects the way I speak.


Hearing is a physical, chemical & electrical process. 

By contrast, Listening is purely mental. Your brain seeks to recognize patterns in the sounds received, then:


1 Select what to pay attention to based on new sounds and known significant sounds

2 Assign meaning to those sounds


Listening then is making meaning from sound.

Each of us Listens through Filters

1) Language; 2) Culture; 3) Values, attitudes, beliefs, assumptions; 4) Intentions, expectations, emotions.


Your listening filters create your reality because they determine both what you choose to listen to, and what you make it mean.

You Can Change Your Reality by taking control of your own listening, by taking control of your listening, starting with becoming conscious of your filters.

When you are conscious of something, you can start to change it.

Before you speak, ask “What’s the listening”.  This will help you target your audience.

Learn Julian Treasure’s methods at, his 5 Ted Talks, or his book “How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening”.


“Silence is Golden” Excerpted from July 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Bill Brown, DTM

“The Link Between Listening and Speaking” Excerpted from August 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Julian Treasure


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.   

PMI Rebrands Itself

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PMI Rebrands Itself

Thomas Goebel, PMI Houston Communications Director


It’s been a bulls-eye and a globe. Now the Project Management Institute logo has a new look. On October 5, PMI Global rolled out a new branding initiative designed to capture the new work environment as it enters celebrates its 50th birthday and prepares to tackle the next 50 years.


After recognizing the need to refresh its brand, the branding team at PMI Global conducted a lot of market research and reached out to some of its 3 million stakeholders to brainstorm a look and message that would reflect the way work is changing. They wanted a way to show who PMI and its members should be in the future.


Using the tagline “The Project Economy™” to illustrate how most people are now working in teams on projects and portfolios rather than traditional jobs with static descriptions. The branding team has developed a “design language” to communicate the flexibility, agility, disruption, and transformation that defines the modern project economy. This design language consists of 9 icons, shown below. The icons are employed to project desired messages for chapters and initiatives.


Much work went into giving the chapters a say. PMI Global identified a number of “early adopters”, chapters that worked closely with the team to coordinate looks and messages. After a good deal of “back-and-forth”, chapters are incorporating the icons into their respective logos, while maintaining separate “local” identities. PMI Houston’s logo, for instance, incorporates a graphical representation of the downtown Houston skyline and the icons for “collaboration” and “determination”.


The initiative started with 5 different “general directions”, and through input from stakeholders and old-fashioned democratic processes was eventually whittled down to the final brand refresh course that reflects the new projectized environment of change and transformation.


The process is ongoing, with “super users” and staff members working hard to maintain rollout momentum by liaising with chapter representatives to ensure compliance and an easy transition. We are excited about this new direction and are certain it will serve PMI well in the coming years. Tell us what you think. Send comments to [email protected]

November 2019: President's Letter

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A look forward

I had the opportunity to attend IIL’s IPM Day 2019 and listen to many keynotes including PMI President Sunil Prashara’s vision and actions being taken for PMI.

We truly are at an inflection point for the field of project management in the Project Economy as we expand the breadth, depth and path of the profession.

In the past few years, I have personally witnessed many of the issues being discussed in both “my day job” and in conversations with fellow business leaders, practitioners and educators. It is welcoming to see PMI’s focus on the next 50 years as we evolve through all of the buzzwords and concepts: Traditional, Agile, Bi-modal, Tri-modal, Scrum, SAFe, Disciplined Agile, Flex and the list goes on. The profession needs practitioners and leaders like you to navigate the future reality.

At PMI Houston, we have been involved in the journey with PMI and the future of the organization. One recent example was the Houston Chapter identified as an early adopter for the re-branding initiative. If you happened to be surfing our website late one Saturday evening in October, you would have noted that the PMI Houston site reflected the new brand as it was announced globally. We continue to partner with PMI Global to evolve with the organization to meet the local needs of our members.

Tactically – the election of the 2020 Board of Director open positions should be available to you as you read this. The 2019 Board of Directors is working to complete remaining items and beginning to support the planning and transition for the incoming 2020 board of directors.

As always – I welcome any thoughts, feedback or comments to [email protected]