From the President

Posted by admin on 07/30/2019 3:43 pm  

Bob Frasier, PMI Houston Chapter 2019 President

Welcome to August, kids might be returning to school but they, unfortunately, don’t take the temperatures with them.

I’m pleased to report that the Board has now drafted and adopted our revised structure document. The document provides the full role portraits for each board position as established in our bylaws. As with our bylaws, the revised structure document reflects the best practice recommendations established by PMI Global across chapters. Click here to read the revised document.

The election committee is beginning to form and will soon be doing the formal call for nominations.

The following positions will open for nominations in 2019

  • Vice President of Programs
  • Vice President of Outreach
  • Vice President of Technology
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of  Volunteerism, and
  • President Elect


If you’ve thought of volunteer leadership, resume building, and furthering the profession in our local community, please consider these or any volunteer opportunities in the chapter.

We are a volunteer organization and rely on members willing to volunteer their time to continue.

If you have any questions on any of the positions or nominations, please feel free to reach out to our Board Liaison for Elections, Lewis Frey at [email protected]

All the best,


It Takes a Village

Posted by admin on 07/30/2019 3:40 pm  

Melissa Bennett
Account Manager
Logan Beszterda
Logistics for Conference
Kelly Wilson
Breakout Sessions / Technology
  1. Who makes up the AMC team? Hello! My name is Melissa Bennett and while I am the current Account Manager for PMI Houston, we have a team of people at Association Management Consultants, or AMC, who help PMI Houston behind the scenes. Because we help PMI Houston with a variety of tasks throughout the year, we all play different roles. My colleague, Kelly Wilson is usually the one at the PMIH annual conference helping with the breakout sessions, although you may see me at some of the events or helping out with conference registration. Logan Beszterda is another member of our team who helps with the logistics for the conference, and Lauren Hoffman is the person who helps with PDU reporting. We even have a dedicated member of our team who helps PMI Houston pay invoices.

  2. How does AMC help with the Annual Conference? For the PMI Houston annual conference, AMC helps manage the conference venue and logistics, updating the PMIH conference website, preparing the schedule, member and speaker registration, speaker bio collation, accounting - as well as numerous other ‘little’ tasks - thus helping to alleviate as much of the stress as possible for the PMI Houston volunteer leadership team.


  1. How early do you start planning for the annual conference? Conference planning generally starts 9months ahead. With so many moving parts, it is always good to start early to ensure everything is accounted for. For the 2020 conference, we may start meeting earlier! And YOU can make the 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo even better next year by signing up to volunteer!


  1. What other ways does AMC assist? Serving as a resource for the PMIH Board of Directors, AMC assists with the management of the PMIH website, PMIH membership, updates to speaker bios for conferences and chapter events, the PMIH events calendar, event registration pages, and chapter job board. AMC also helps answer any questions the membership may have regarding their chapter. AMC also helps out with registration at some of the Chapter Meetings across the Houston area - so next time you are at a PMIH organized event, please drop by and say hello to the person at the desk.

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs Tips and Discussions

Posted by admin on 07/30/2019 3:36 pm  

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. Use youand we.

While your speech may require personal stories or anecdotes, be sure to connect the topic with the audience as well. Circle around to explain why it’s important to them.


The Magic Power of Humor

If you want to spark laughter, these 3 types of humor can unite you and the audience:

1) Relatable humor relies on a reference the audience understands, and bonds the speaker and audience over a shared experience, with perhaps a hidden insight.

2) Self-deprecating humor is the ability and willingness to make fun of yourself by showing you are human.

3) Humor that leaves you vulnerable can help you bond with an audience.  This highest level of humor may reveal things about yourself in a funny way.


Always Punch Up Exaggeration and use of hyperbole in going after someone in a higher level of power than you or your audience.

Find Unexpected Connections Humor can come from helping the audience relate to each other.  We all want to feel loved, safe and understood.  It is easier to laugh when you feel understood and cared for.


Building Meaningful Connections

Building connections has both health and professional benefits.  In the absence of connections, your brain feels more stressed.  Connections make us feel better, and disconnection hurts. A survey of 16,000 LinkedIn users indicates that 70% of respondents were hired at a company where they had a connection.


In order to develop quicker, more meaningful connections: relax, arrive early, smile, listen more than you talk, ditch the sales pitch and meet the room instead of working the room. Remember that “People are wired for relationships”.  Both quantity and quality matter. As Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said & what you did, they will never forget how you made them feel”


“Magic Power of Humor” Excerpted from June 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Nick Jack Pappas

“Building Meaningful Connections” Excerpted from June 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Maureen Zappala, 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.