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:
Each Pathway has its own core competencies and emphasizes different values and competencies.
Each of the Pathways has 5 levels:
- Mastering Fundamentals
- Learning Your Style
- Increasing Knowledge
- Building Skills
- 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.
Written by Renee Yao, President of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters