November 2020: Toastmasters Club Tips & Discussions

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Project Management Toastmasters Club

Tips & 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"

57. Speak your needs. Don’t expect your audience, interviewer or club to guess what you want. Be candid and clear with your intentions.

How to Rock Your Presentation

To avoid these top 10 mistakes, don’t:

  1. Infowhelm; It’s tempting to overwhelm your audience with information; instead, use selective information tailored to your audience.
  2. Be audience ignorant; put yourself in your audience’s shoes and talk to their interests.
  3. Be a slow starter; slow starts are a waste of time for the audience. Try opening with a question or a shocking statement involves the audience.
  4. Over-explain; pay attention to cues from your audience. Do more engaging and less explaining.
  5. Stay the SAME; the same of anything gets boring. Variety in pace, vocal range, volume & emotion will keep the audience involved.
  6. End on Q&A; you risk losing control of the presentation. Introduce a teaser to look forward to at the end, then Q&A, then back to the conclusion.
  7. Go over time. Internalize your presentation so you can cut something on the fly. Make sure the audience feels they got what they needed.
  8. Use Dreadful visuals; a visual must reinforce your story. Use visuals that connect your audience emotionally to the story.
  9. Be about YOU. The audience wants to be involved in the story.
  10. Use a weak finish; The last thing you say is what they remember. Create an ending that is compelling and obvious.


Mentoring in Toastmasters and Life

See one, do one, teach one. This adage on learning skills applies in many areas.  The following ABCD strategies to learning from experts apply to many areas.

  • Agree on objectives and expectations between Mentor & Mentee.
  • Be a good example. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Cede control to the mentee. For the mentee to succeed, they must set the pace.
  • Do not chase after time. If you are building something worthy, time is your friend.

“How to Rock Your Presentation” Excerpted from the October 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article Cathey Armillas, DTM

“Mentoring in Toastmasters and Life” Excerpted from an October 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Dr. Stanley Aruyaru

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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