July 2020: Tips and Discussions from PMI Toastmasters
Project Management Toastmasters Clubs
Tips and Discussions
Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Contributor
Quotes: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb
From Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"
53. Start your career off on the right note. The way that you speak in the beginning of your career will set the tone for your career path. Don’t put off building an authentic and powerful speaking style. Make sure you have it before you need it!
“Only by doing a lot of work, will you be able to close the gap between what you want to create & what you actually do create.” Ira Glass
Stage Fright, Don’t Get Over It, Get Used to It
Most fears can be reduced by Exposure Therapy, exposing yourself to situations that intimidate you.
Exposure therapy to overcome fear is one of the successful treatments for PTSD.
Five Things to Know About Public Speaking
- Create Images that Move. Stories are the heart and soul of good communication. Support every point with a story.
- Be Gandalf, Not Frodo. Show the audience how to achieve what they want. Tell the how to write a bestselling book, not about how you wrote a bestselling book.
- Insert Pauses for Drama. To truly elevate the level of mastery in your delivery, pause after important points. It gives you time to think, the audience time to digest and adds drama to the delivery. Pauses heighten everything and can make you look masterful.
- Move Around for Stories, Stand Still for Points. Movement can highlight the action of a story. When you are ready to make a point, stand still to attract the audience’s attention.
- Smile and Blink. The difference between an amateur speaker and a pro is that the pro remembers to smile. Smile with your eyes more than your mouth.
How to Be a More Confident Speaker in Five Minutes or Less
- Tension Reduction. Breathe in through your nose, hold your breath, breathe out through mouth.
- Vocal Exercises. Vocal Slide (with your mouth open, sing “ah” sliding from a low note to high note. Or repeat a tongue twister, such as: “Red leather, yellow leather” or “She sells seashells by the seashore”
- Power pose and affirmations. Power posing (standing or sitting in a posture of confidence) causes you to feel and be perceived as more confident. Power poses are expansive (wide stance, chest up, chin up, arms taking up space). Affirmations, such as “You are smart. You are powerful. You can make a difference.” Make a difference.
“State Fright, Don’t Get Over It, Get Used to It” Excerpted from June the 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Anwesha Banerjee, DTM
“Five Things to Know About Public Speaking” Excerpted from the June 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Douglas Kruger
“How to be a More Confident Speaker in Five Minutes or Less” Excerpted from June 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Diane Windingland, 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.