December 2020: Tips & Discussions from PMI Houston's Toastmasters Club

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December 2020: Tips & Discussions
from PMI Houston's Toastmasters Clubs

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"

58. Get rest. Nerves may keep you awake, try to get an adequate amount of sleep prior to your speech to ensure optimal mental alertness.

The Power of Active Gratitude

The power of gratitude is immense.  It creates a sense of well-being in both the receiver and the giver.

  • Leadership is about empowering a team to accomplish a goal.
  • Active gratitude makes others feel empowered and creates team motivation.
  • Passive gratitude makes others feel appreciated.

How to be a Transformational leader vs Transactional leader

  • Set clear intentions
  • Use gratitude to empower & inspire people to go beyond what is expected of them.
  • Authentically care about those around them.
  • Are expressive in voice and demeanor.

Mastering Controversial Conversation - Balancing opinions and civility in volatile times

Strategies for navigating tricky topics wherever you are:

  • Is it worth it? (Try a Cost-Benefit Analysis)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter".
    • One route is to respectfully disagree, but you prefer not to discuss it now.
  • Set a Goal
    • Changing the other person's mind on a hot-button topic is not likely.
    • A goal of feeling heard is more easily obtainable
  • Be prepared with facts and evidence
  • Listen
    • Listening to the other person and what they have to say goes a long way
    • The best response starts with, "What I heard you say is . . . . ".
  • Share personal experiences
    • Personal experiences are hard to deny.
    • They might share your story with someone else.


"They're not going to remember the facts you threw at them, but if you tell a story, it's going to be in their head."  Tamra D'Estree


“The Power of Active Gratitude” Excerpted from the November 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article Samir Geepee, DTM

“Mastering Controversial Conversations” Excerpted from a November 2020 Toastmasters Magazine article by Greg Glasgow

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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