Pathways

Pathways is Available!

You can start your Toastmasters educational journey on Pathways now by going to https://www.toastmasters.org/pathways-overview. Pathways is web-based. Members can either download and print out the materials, or they can choose to purchase the printed material from Toastmasters International for an additional fee. Pathways will enable you to build your communication and leadership skills with projects that fit your interests and goals more closely than the traditional educational program.

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“My initial impression is very good. I’m receiving a lot of information on how to craft a good speech, where research is essential to completing my project.” — Anahid Avakian, MoToast Click to read more!

Transition to Pathways

As Pathways rolls out, you can choose to work on both educational programs, remain in the traditional educational program (with manuals) or transition completely to Pathways. Only members who have joined a Toastmasters club prior to September 19, 2017 are allowed to work on both programs simultaneously until June 30, 2020. Any member who has joined after that date will be working exclusively in Pathways. If you wish to complete your DTM in the traditional program, you will have until June 30, 2020, to do so. After that, the traditional educational program will be retired and no credit for projects from that program will be given. The projects and educational levels are not transferable from the traditional program to Pathways. Only the DTM educational level will be retained in both programs.

Find More Information about Pathways

Visit the Toastmasters International site for information about Pathways:

Videos to Help You Get Started in Pathways

Marc Miller, 2018-2019 District 101 Administration Manager, conducted a GREAT Events webinar to help you guide new and current members on Pathways.

 View the recording of the GREAT Events Webinar

 Access the PowerPoint slides presented during the webinar

Pathways Guide Ken Braly has created videos to show step-by-step instructions on:

Logging Into Pathways

Overview of Pathways and Paths

Base Camp or Printed Materials

Taking the Assessment

Making Your Path Selection

Tool for Looking at a Path’s Projects

Navigating Projects in Base Camp

Working Through a Project

Completing a Project

 

In addition, Pathways Guide Ken Braly has the following resources available:

 

Overview of Project Requirements and Electives for All 10 Paths

Each Path includes project requirements as well as a number of electives that may be applied for credit in order to achieve the various Level awards. Reference a table created by Pathways Guide, Carlos Puig, to see all the project requirements and electives available for each Path. Be sure to scroll to the second page for instructions on how to read the table.

 

Additional Video to Help You Get Started in Pathways

Past International Director and District 4 Pathways Chief Ambassador, Ken Cawley, conducted a GREAT Events Webinar that compares Pathways to the traditional program.

 View the recording of the GREAT Events Webinar

 Access the powerpoint slides presented during the GREAT Events Webinar

Click on any path name below to learn about the projects available on that path; click on a project name to read a brief description.

Dynamic Leadership

This path helps 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 emphasize the development of strategies to facilitate change in an organization or group, interpersonal communication and public speaking. This path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills.

Effective Coaching

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

Engaging Humor

This 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 humor and how that sense of humor translates to engaging audience members. The projects contribute to developing an understanding of how to effectively use humor 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 and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing a strong connection with audience members when you present, speech writing and speech delivery. The projects contribute to building an understanding of the steps to manage a project, as well as creating innovative solutions. This 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. The projects on this path focus on learning how to manage time, as well as how to develop and implement a plan. Public speaking and leading a team are emphasized in all projects. This 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. The projects focus on learning strategies for building connections with the people around you, understanding motivation and successfully leading small groups to accomplish tasks. This 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 an innovative communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on how to negotiate a positive outcome together with building strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. Each project emphasizes developing leadership skills to use in complex situations, as well as creating innovative solutions to challenges. This path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design.

Presentation Mastery

This path helps you build your skills as an accomplished public speaker. The projects on this path focus on learning how an audience responds to you and improving your connection with audience members. The projects contribute to developing an understanding of effective public speaking technique, including speech writing and speech delivery. This path culminates in an extended speech that will allow you to apply what you learned.

Strategic Relationships

This path helps you build your skills as a leader in communication. The projects on this path focus on understanding diversity, building personal and/or professional connections with a variety of people and developing a public relations strategy. Communicating well interpersonally and as a public speaker is emphasized in each project. The path culminates in a project to apply your skills as a leader in a volunteer organization.

Team Collaboration

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

Visionary Communication

This path helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Speech writing and speech delivery are emphasized in each project. This path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional vision.

Need more information?

Should you have any questions or comments about Pathways, feel free to contact our Program Quality Director.