April 2020: Project Management's Toastmasters Tips and Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs: Tips and Discussions

Harold Eaton, PMI Houston's Toastmasters Club


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


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


  1. Breathe out. Take slow deep breaths in and then release your breath from the bottom of your abdomen to get the maximum benefits of release and relaxation.


Trust: Built by Action, Not Accident


The Toastmasters Mission Statement says we help members develop communication and leadership skills.  It is often said that accomplish this mission by “practice with feedback” in recurring mutually supportive club meetings.  When someone delivers repeatedly and you get to know them as individuals, you develop trust in that person.   Trust enables open communication, and open communication builds trust.


One way to build trust is to create a team charter listing how the team will work together and act on shared core values.  Without saying what is expected between people, they are highly likely to have different expectations of each other.


New Habits, New Life


Looking to make some changes? Start small. Start now. Repeat.

Habits have the power to change our lives. How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives!

People are pretty good at starting habits, it’s the ability to follow through and persist in new habits that is most important in starting or changing a habit.


  • Get Enough Sleep; it is hard to find the willpower to persist when you’re too tired.
  • Start Small and Start NOW; You CANNOT finish until after you have started.
  • Start by focusing on short-term goals. Before running a marathon, start with a 5K.
  • We form habits by acting. Planning is good, but it will not make a habit.
  • Studies indicate that It may take 2 to 4 months of repetition to form a habit.
  • Habits don’t work just by people making a conscious decision to change. They form only slowly as we learn by doing, says Dr. Wendy Wood.
  • Life changes make for the perfect opportunity to add a new habit.
  • We need to not perceive old cues to repeat old actions.
  • Set a schedule, find a partner.
  • Having an accountability partner is also important for many people. Letting someone else down is harder than letting yourself down.
  • Cultivating the habit of active listening will increase your empathy with others, and grow the strength of your commitment.
  • The best way to change an old habit, is to replace it with a new habit.


“Trust: It’s built by Action, Not Accident” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Deepak Menon, DTM

“New Habits, New Life” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Peggy Beach, 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.   

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