Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Today our club mentor Shoba Rao shared with us what Pathways are and how to select a Pathway that best suits you. If you missed it, you may see the recording here

Here is a summary: 

There are now 11 Pathways Toastmasters may select: 

Toastmasters Pathway, Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Each Pathway has its own core competencies and emphasizes different values and competencies.  

Toastmasters Pathway, Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Each of the Pathways has 5 levels: 

  1. Mastering Fundamentals
  2. Learning Your Style 
  3. Increasing Knowledge 
  4. Building Skills 
  5. Demonstrating expertise 

Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals 

In this level you are asked to give three speeches: ice-breaker, evaluation and feedback, researching and presenting. 

Level 2: Learning Your Style 

In this level we learn about our leadership and communication styles, connecting with our audience, managing time, active listening, effective body language, and cross-cultural understanding. In the elective, we learn about mentoring, how to prepare to mentor, what is mentoring, and what’s advanced mentoring 

Level 3: Increasing Knowledge 

During this level, we are asked to select two electives from the following topics: negotiate the best outcome, present a proposal, planning and implementing, understanding emotional intelligence, understanding conflict resolution, persuasive speaking, making connections through networking, successful collaboration, and developing a communication plan. 

Level 4: Building Skills 

In this level, we have options to complete the following electives: manage change, manage projects successfully, leading your team, motivate others, leading in difficult situations, managing a difficult audience, public relations strategies, motivate others, and communicate change. 

Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise

This is the highest level of a pathway, where we reflect on our path and also select from one of the following electives: lead in any situation, high performance leadership, manage successful events, team building, prepare to speak professionally, leading in your volunteer organization, and develop your vision. 

More useful info: 

  • Pathways’ comprehensive details: here
  • All of the evaluation forms can be found here.
  • Step-by-step guide to select a path

We look forward to seeing you at our next club meeting on Feb 24, 2021 6:00 p.m. PST.  

Toastmasters Pathway, Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Written by Renee Yao, President of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters

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