Which Toastmasters Pathway Should I Use?
Earlier this year, we talked about “Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway.” We did another workshop on which Toastmasters pathways may be the best fit for our members.
As a reminder, Toastmasters has 11 pathways and each pathway has its core competencies, listed below:
Shoba Rao, the Club Mentor for Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters, first shared a goal-setting worksheet and asked us to state our vision and formulate the goals we need to accomplish to bring our vision to fruition. We labeled our goals long-term, medium-term, and short-term, and clearly defined what we consider long-, medium-, and short-term to establish a rough timeline.
Defining a goal was very useful for me. I hope you all take a minute and write down your goals.
- Vision: I listed that my vision is to create a safe and inclusive platform for people to improve core skills, like public speaking and leadership.
- Short Term Goals: My short-term goals were to deliver more humorous speeches, elimite filter words, speak well in impromptu speeches, and present well in each speaking opportunity.
- Mid Term Goals: My mid-term goal was to define my voice, lead a team to accomplish mission, tasks, and goals, and to improve interpersonal communication with a strong team.
- Long Term Goals: My long term goal is to influence people to take actions on meaningful missions, motivate others to do their best work and stay intrinsically motivated.
I have already finished my Innovative Planning and Dynamic Leadership Pathways. I’m currently working on the Engage Humor Pathway. With my goals now listed, I will likely select Motivational Strategies and Visionary Communication as my next two Pathways.
Then Shoba shared with us how to complete a Pathway:
We can also become distinguished Toastmasters by taking on additional leadership opportunities. The flowchart below outlines the steps required to be completed for a member to earn the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation, the highest educational award offered by Toastmasters International. Earning a DTM award is an entirely optional part of your journey as a member, but it is a rewarding experience and a valuable goal to work toward.
This project matrix provides a quick summary of what core competencies are included for each speech.
For more details, take a look at the PDF here and the full recording below:
We host monthly featured pop-up workshops on Wednesdays and supplemental workshops upon members’ request on Fridays. This is a great opportunity to hone in on special skill-set development in public speaking or leadership. All workshop recaps can be found here and upcoming workshops here. Hope to see you there!
— written by Renee Yao, President of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters