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Pathways – Paths

This document explains what your Pathway options are and what each level of each Path requires to complete it.

Pathway Options
There are eleven Pathways to choose from. Toastmasters recommend that you pick Presentation Mastery if you are unsure of which Pathway to pick. There is a certain level of crossover between the various Pathways, so you will learn similar skills on a number of Pathways. They all cover leadership, communication, mentoring and presentations skills, so you will not miss out on this skills.

Presentation Mastery
This path helps you build your skills as an accomplished public speaker. You will work through projects that focus on learning how to gauge audience response and improve your connection with audience members. Each project contributes to developing an understanding of effective public speaking technique, including speech writing and speech delivery. This path culminates in an extended speech where you can apply what you’ve learned.

Effective Coaching 
This path helps you build your skills as a positive communicator, leader and coach. You will work through projects that focus on understanding and building consensus, contributing to the development of others by coaching and establishing strong public speaking skills. Each project emphasises the importance of effective interpersonal communication. The Effective Coaching path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design.

Engaging Humour
The Engaging Humour path is designed to help you build your skills as a humorous and engaging public speaker. The projects on this path focus on understanding your sense of humour and how that sense of humour translates to engaging audience members. The projects contribute to developing an understanding of how to effectively use humour in a speech, including challenging situations and impromptu speeches. This path culminates in an extended humorous speech that will allow you to apply what you learned.

Innovative Planning
This path helps you build your skills as a public speaker, leader and project manager. Your projects focus on creating innovative solutions and building public speaking skills. These skills include developing strong audience connections, speech writing and delivery. Each project contributes to building an understanding of the steps needed to manage a project. The Innovative Planning path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design.

Leadership Development
This path helps you build your skills as an effective communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on learning how to develop and implement a plan as well as time management. Each project emphasises public speaking and team leadership skills. The Leadership Development path culminates in the planning and execution of an event that will allow you to apply everything you learned.

Motivational Strategies
This path helps you build your skills as a powerful and effective communicator. You will work through projects that focus on how to build connections with others, understand the principles of motivation and successfully lead small groups to accomplish tasks. The Motivational Strategies path culminates in a comprehensive team-building project that brings all of your skills together—including public speaking.

Persuasive Influence
This path helps you build your skills as a persuasive communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on how to negotiate a positive outcome while building strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. Each project emphasises the development of leadership skills for complex situations and how to create innovative solutions to solve challenges. The Persuasive Influence path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design.

Strategic Relationships
This path helps you build your skills as a leader in communication. You will work through projects that focus on understanding diversity, building personal and/or professional connections with a variety of people and how to develop a public relations strategy. Each project emphasises interpersonal communications and public speaking. The Strategic Relationships path culminates in a project where you will apply your skills as a leader in a volunteer organisation.

Team Collaboration
This path helps you build your skills as a collaborative leader. You will work through projects that focus on active listening, motivating others and collaborating with a team. Each project contributes to building interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. The Team Collaboration path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills.

Visual Communication
This path helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Each project emphasises speech writing and delivery. The Visionary Communication path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional goal.

Dynamic Leadership
This path is designed to help you build your skills as a strategic leader. The projects on this path focus on understanding leadership and communication styles, the effect of conflict on a group, and the skills needed to defuse and direct conflict. These projects also emphasise the development of strategies to facilitate change in an organisation or group, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. This path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills.

Pathways Levels

Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
3 Speeches3 Speeches3 Speeches2 Speeches3 Speeches
All speeches are the same on all paths.
Each level requires you to complete a questionnaire before and after you present your speech.
All Paths include an ‘Introduction to Mentoring’ Speech.
Each level requires you to complete a questionnaire before and after you present your speech.
1 mandatory speech.
2 elective speeches out of a selection of 14.
You need to fill each of the roles of Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, Timer, Ah Counter, General Evaluator Grammarian, and Speech Evaluator.
Each level requires you to complete a questionnaire before and after you present your speech.
1 mandatory speech.
1 elective speech out of a selection of 5.
Each level requires you to complete a questionnaire before and after you present your speech.
2 mandatory speeches. 
All Paths have a ‘Reflect on your Path’ speech.
1 elective speech out of a selection of 6.
Each level requires you to complete a questionnaire before and after you present your speech.

Pathways made simple!

Question for all new members:

  • Have you logged into toastmasters.org
  • Have you chosen your first path
  • Are you preparing for your Icebreaker?

 Start your education programme!!!!

       See Path options

  1. Log into Toastmasters.org (any problems send “forgot password”)
  2. Choose Education – Pathways Learning Experience
  3. See overview of 11 paths

Choose your first path

  • Log into Toastmasters.org
  • Pathways – Go to Base Camp  – choose your path – continue to path selection – take the assessment
  • Base camp makes three recommendations – but you can choose any yourself.
  • Tip: Presentation Mastery path or Engaging Humour good to start with
  • For members uncomfortable with online programme – option to order printed material (costs more). “Another Member”

Start your first path

  • Log into Toastmasters.org
  • Pathways – go to Base Camp – Education Transcript Access my path – Open Curriculum – Activate and Launch Icebreaker – see video resources

How to complete a project and sign off

  1. Log into Toastmasters.org
  2. Pathways. Basecamp, Launch Icebreaker project, scroll down to Assess your Skills, Submit – “Congratulations you have completed”. Tick appears
  3. On to next project.

How to complete a level & sign off

  1. Log into Toastmasters.org
  2. Activate – Mark complete – tell VPE completed – email goes to Basecamp Manager (VPE, President and Secretary). Make sure club central email for the club is up to date.
  3. Base camp manager can check Pending Requests in Basecamp. Ticks the level request and submits. Certificate will automatically issue online.
  4. On to the next level.
  5. But! VPE has to register the award for the club. Not automatic.

Couple of notes!

  1. Each path has 5 levels and you do about 14 speeches.
  2. Level 1 is the SAME for all paths. 4 speeches (including Icebreaker) and an evaluation.
  3. The Navigator is a useful overview of information.
  4. NB. Evaluations do NOT have to be done online. Manual evaluations are the norm.
  5. Pop up blockers: Allow all pop ups. E.g. Go to Chrome settings to allow it. Three dot icon right of screen in toastmasters.org. Settings, Advanced, Content Settings, Allow pop ups.

(Thanks to Patricia O’Reilly, toastmasters webinar, for source information)

Recommend:

  1. Email Level 1 PDFs to every new member or give printout – to get them started. See webinar Galway PDFs
  2. Print off all evaluation sheets and keep in meeting suitcase in Lever arch.  Google pathways evaluation sheets or find in Base Camp – Speech evaluations
  3. Consider an Icebreaker night in the club – to help long term members to start level 1 Pathways.

Pathways Education

Pathways, Toastmasters’ education program! Pathways is designed to help you build the skills you need to communicate and lead. It is comprised of 11 Paths that teach more than 300 unique competencies:

As you progress through Pathways, you will:

  • Practice and improve your communication and leadership skills.
  • Give speeches in your club based on assignments in Pathways.
  • Challenge yourself to build and refine certain competencies and skills.
  • Complete a range of projects that include persuasive speaking, motivating others, creating a podcast and leading a group in a difficult situation.
  • Real-world, transferable skills
  • Online content, so that you can learn anytime, anywhere

Develop real-world, transferable skills in many different areas through Pathways—communication, leadership, management, strategic planning, service to others, public speaking and more.

Welcome To Dublin 18 Toastmasters!

A word from our President, Keith Bradley
Congratulations on taking the first step towards your public speaking goals. The hardest part is deciding you’re going to tackle your fear. Toastmasters will help you build confidence, leadership and improve your communication skills. We have a wonderful Club at Dublin 18 Toastmasters. Our committed Members are dedicated, supportive and of course, great craic. We are also eager to help you in your journey so if there is anything we can assist with please let us know. I look forward to watching you grow in confidence and have some fun while doing so.

Getting Started
Our meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday at 8pm in the Clayton Hotel, Sandyford. You can bring a friend as a guest for the night anytime! To get started as a new member, talk to:
• Karen O’Donnell, VP Mentoring – she can organise a mentor for you, a longer-standing member who will advise you in the early stages, especially in your speeches.
• Emily Gallagher, PR and Pathways – she can help you to get started with Pathways, the Toastmasters education programme.
• John Dunleavy, VP Education or Niamh O’Meara, Assistant VPE – They will set you up on Easyspeak and help you to start booking roles at meetings. You can check what’s involved in a role on Easyspeak or on Toastmasters International.

Getting registered with Toastmasters International
Once you have paid your Membership Fee, please send a screenshot of the payment to our Treasurer, Colm Roe. He will register you with Toastmasters International. Once you have received your login details, you can log in and choose your Pathway.

Introduction to Easyspeak
Easyspeak is the site that we use on a day to day basis. It is where we request to make speeches, take on roles, see the agenda for meetings, keep a track on our personal progress and other routine tasks.

Pathways
Pathways helps you to learn communication and leadership skills. There are 11 Paths to choose from, they are: Dynamic Leadership, Leadership Development, Strategic Relationships, Effective Coaching, Motivational Strategies, Team Collaboration, Engaging Humour, Innovative Planning, Persuasive Influence, Presentation Mastery and Visionary Communication. Each of these Paths has five levels with a number of projects in each level that build on the skills learnt from the level before. To complete a Path, you need to complete 14 projects or speeches across the 5 levels. You move through your chosen paths at your own pace and in your own time. For new members, we recommend starting with the “Presentation Mastery” path.

Projects
Pathways Projects include a questionnaire that relates to that Path and a speech, it is designed to help you write your speech and to teach you about the particular stage you are at. The speech is delivered after you have filed in the questionnaire. Having completed the speech, you finish the last short section of the questionnaire. After that, you can move on to the next speech.

What is the ‘Icebreaker’ Speech?
This is the first speech that you will make. The purpose of this speech is to ‘break the ice’ and introduce yourself to the club as well as learning the basic structure of public speaking. The idea is just to get you talking, this is the shortest of the speeches you will make and should be between 4-6 minutes long. The majority of the speeches you present will run between 5-7 minutes. After this first ‘Icebreaker’ speech, you can pick any topic you want for each speech, you just need to keep the speech objectives in mind.

How to earn achievements on Pathways
When you complete each of the five levels on your Path, you will earn both a digital badge and a certificate on the Toastmasters International Website. When you complete a Path, you will earn a certificate and can request a printed version from Toastmasters International. You then choose your next path. You can also move onto the Pathways Mentor Programme, where you have the opportunity to help others by learning how to provide effective mentoring. When you have completed this, you will be a Credentialed Mentor. When you complete two Pathways and serve in a number of officer roles at club and district level, you can become a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), which is the highest honour you can achieve in Pathways.

Competitions
There are five different Competitions that you may like to take part in during the year.
International – A 5-7 minute speech on any subject you choose.
Evaluation – A 2-3 minute evaluation of a test speech .
Table Topics – A 2-3 minute impromptu speech on a given topic.
Humorous – A 5-7 minute humorous speech on any subject you choose
Tall Tales – A 3-5 minute speech on a topic that is highly exaggerated and improbable.

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