August 2020: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions from 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"

54. Own your worth. You deserve the chance to be heard and share your ideas. Don’t feel bad sharing them.

Are You Listening

  • The average attention span has shrunk from 12 sec to 8 sec since 2000.
  • Listening occurs when you take what you hear and extract meaning.
  • Active listening is the process of understanding and repeating what you have heard.
  • Listening can help you understand other people’s attitudes and motivations, which is essential in building cooperative & productive relationships.
  • Many times, people aren’t looking for solutions, they simply want someone to acknowledge their situation.


Seek first to understand and then to be understood. (7 Habits of Hight Effective People, Stephen Covey

  • Ways to become a better listener.
  • Minimize distractions.
  • Don’t interrupt, but do ask questions; open-ended questions.
  • Don’t be afraid of silence and be aware of cultural differences.
  • Listening is not about you. It is about the other person.


Remember: “Real Communication is impossible without Listening” (Ralph Smedley)

Tips to Help You Focus While Listening

  • Since we think faster than people speak, try to identify the speaker’s key points while listening. When there is a pause, say, “What I’m hearing is . . . ”
  • If someone seems hesitant to continue, encourage them to give more information by saying, “Tell me more”
  • Before offering advice ask questions to make sure you understand the problem or issue.
  • If you’re tempted to jump in and share your own experiences, pretend that you be quizzed on the other’s content to help you stay focused.


“Are You Listening” & “Tips to Help You Focus While Listening” Excerpted from the July 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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