September 2020: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

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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"

55. When you disagree with someone, rebut their ideas, not them. 
Always discuss the topic rather than the person.
Personally attacking your opponent or audience will take credibility away from you.

Present With Executive Presence Online

Five Key elements to online Confidence

  • Stance
    • Standing conveys confidence
    • Position your computer with the camera at eye level &look at the camera
    • Use gestures within the view of the camera
  • Sound
    • Your voice needs to be easily audible.
    • Focus on posture
    • Taking full breaths between sentences will add pauses with impact
    • Try to speak in the low end of your natural range at a slow, but crisp rate
  • Smile
    • Aim for a “bright” face. A lift of the eyes, cheeks and mouth conveys enthusiasm
    • A smile also disguises nervousness
  • Silence
    • Well placed pauses elevate your speech and capture attention
    • Pause for impact between key points
  • Sight
    • Eye contact is crucial for building rapport and conveying confidence
    • Looking at the screen images does not come across as eye contact

Is it OK to Laugh in Serious Times

At its core, comedy is about telling the truth in an unexpected and counterintuitive way. Comedy is one of the best ways to open or close a Toastmaster speech.

  • Laughter depends on connections, so when giving a humorous speech, it is essential to have the online attendees turn on their video & unmute themselves.
  • The speaker should use Grid View to see member’s faces and responses.
  • Don’t get mad, get funny. We can’t stop hurtful comments, we can choose how to respond.
  • Comedy is found in the details of life. Think differently, learn differently, find the funny.


On Building a Great Leadership Team

“Present with Executive Presence Online” Excerpted from the August 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Christine Clapp, DTM

“Is it OK to Laugh in Serious Times” Excerpted from the August 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Judy Carter

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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