December 2018 - Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

     Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb.

    Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

    34. Speak to groups as individuals. While you may be speaking to a group of people, speak to them as though they are just one to make the speech feel more intimate and

    personal.

     

    How to Have a Better Conversation

    Talking well and conversing well are not the same thing. The best conversations resemble a game of catch, in that there’s a perfect balance between throwing and catching.

    • Most of us don’t listen with the intent to understand, we listen with the intent to reply.
      [Stephen Covey]
    • To have a real conversation, you must hear what the other person is saying, think about it and then respond
    • We often don’t hear what the other person Instead, we listen to the first 5-10 seconds and then stop listening and simply wait for them to stop talking so we can say what we want to say.
    • Practice allowing the other person to speak as often as you If you talk for more than 30 seconds at a time, it is likely that you’ve lost the other person’s focus.
    • If you are going to learn something new, you’re going to have to listen to someone

     

    Challenges of the Virtual World

    {How can we connect emotionally online?}

    • The 1st problem of the virtual world comes from the lack of human sensory In the face-to-face world, our unconscious minds are hard at work absorbing and evaluating the world around us for danger in order to keep us alive. The Virtual world, in contrast, is a sensory deprivation chamber. Our brain’s job is to keep us alive, it responds to a lack of information by assuming the worst. Email messages sound hostile when there is no hostility intended.
    • The 2nd problem of the virtual world is that it leads to a lack of When we don’t receive body-language cues, we don’t know how others are feeling.
    • The 3rd problem is we leave endless digital footprints wherever we In the face-to-face world, people can forgive and forget. In the virtual world, character assassination is a mouse click away.
    • The 4th problem is that when we take away the emotional subtext, we have a hard time making decisions. Most of us believe we make decisions with our logical brains, but neuroscientific research has clearly established that we make decisions in our unconscious minds from our emotional memories of what hurts and what feels good, what will help or what will hurt us.
    • The 5th problem is that with weak emotional clues, we don’t commit, and we experience loneliness and fail to bond. The irony is that we are more connected than ever but we feel more alone than ever!
    • In sum, our virtual lives are more fragile and easily upended than our face-to-face ones because they lack authentic emotional connections.

     

    “How to Have a Better Conversation” Excerpted from November 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Celeste Headlee

    “Challenges of the Virtual World” Excerpted from November 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Nick Morgan

    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.

    November 2018: Toastmasters Tips and Discussions

    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb

    Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

    33. Be the expert. Make sure that you’ve done the appropriate research prior to your public speaking engagement. Explore the topic in depth so that you’re ready for questions and feel comfortable speaking to your topic.

     

    Diana Nyad on Her Historic Swim from Cuba to Florida at 64

    • Never, Ever Give Up
    • You Are Never Too Old To Pursue Your Dream
    • Even Solitary Accomplishments Take a Team to Succeed

     

    Want Success, Try Happiness!!

    Scientific research suggests that Success does not lead to happiness, but the opposite is true.  People who have a positive mindset perform better due to a “happiness advantage”.

    • Happiness leads to increased cognitive function, improved problem-solving ability, increased memory and retention, higher accuracy and greater creativity.
    • Happy people work smarter and produce significantly better results. They stay in an organization longer and are more engaged in achieving its vision.
    • Three factors can predict 70% of job success
      • Optimism levels
      • Social Support
      • Ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat

     

    How to Be Happy

    1. Practice gratitude
    • People do more of what they are thanked for.
    • The human brain is designed to scan the world for danger, so we tend to focus first on the negatives. Leaders can turn this around by catching people in good behavior and thanking them for it in the moment.
    • Every day, improve someone’s life with gratitude.
    1. Actively encourage kindness
      • Random acts of kindness can create deep contentment that keeps our brains in a positive mode.
    2. Don’t forget to move
      • Our physiology directly affects our psychology. Frequent movement is good for our bodies and our brains.
    3. Recharge in rhythm with your body.
      • Learn how to tune in to body-clock rhythms and pay attention when its time to take a break.

     

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    “Want Success Try Happiness” Excerpted from September 2018 Toastmasters Magazine by Lauren Parsons (www.bit.ly/LPLiveWell)

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    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.