May 2020: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips & Discussions

Harold Eaton, PMI Houston

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

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


51. Be patient. Becoming a great speaker will not just happen overnight. There is a process so be patient with yourself.


Write, Edit, Practice. Repeat

In Project Management, we encourage planners to follow the Demming Loop (PDCA or Plan Do Check Adjust.  The author of this article advocates developing great speeches by a similar method, Write, Edit, Practice, Repeat.  The wining process requires 1) Planning & thinking about the story you want to tell ahead of time; 2) Write your story (at least a draft version of what you want to say); 3) Edit  the draft to focus the story; 4) Practice telling the story until it becomes your own; 5) Repeat the process. 

If this process sounds similar to the Demming Loop, it is because every gem was once a rough stone. 

Want to Speak With Passion?

If you want to Speak with Passion, knowing why you care is key.   If you want to find a sense of purpose in your communications, you may want to ask yourself, “Why you?”

Three Questions to ask yourself to find your “Why you?”

Why do you care about your audience or about the event where you’re speaking?

Why do you care about your subject or your organization?

What are you most proud of in your work?

Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  When you have answered “Why you?” at the start of a speech or presentation, people will listen more to what you have to say.

Toastmaster Tips for What to Say When Your Mind Goes Blank

  • It helps to have a signature phrase that you use throughout the speech. it buys you time.
  • To center yourself, take a deep breath, or several of them. Oxygenate and relax.
  • Practice helps make perfect. Rehearse in front of a camera and review the video.
  • When rehearsing, anchor parts of the stage to parts of your speech
  • Eye contact with your audience helps. Scan your audience to appear confident as you think.



“Write, Edit, Practice. Repeat” Excerpted from March 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Gangadhar Krishna, DTM

“Want to Speak With Passion” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Allison Shapira.

“Seven Seconds of Terror” Excerpted from January 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Ed Tate

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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