Which Toastmasters Pathway Should I Use?

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: 

Paths and Core Competencies 
Dynamic Leadership 
Build strategjc leadership and conflict 
reso/uüon skills 
Effective Coachin 
Build interpersonal communication, 
leadersh•p and hing skills 
Build creative project management 
and cornn•unicatøn skdls 
Leadership Development 
Build communicatjon and 
leadershp skills 
Motivational Strategies 
Build motivational Jeo&rship and 
c ommunicot»on skills 
Persuasive Influence 
Build skins to lead in complex situations 
Presentation Maste 
Build public speaking skins 
Strategic Relationships 
Build networking. leadership and 
Team Collaboration 
Build leadership skills 
Visionary Communication 
guild innovative communication and 
leadership skills 

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: 

Mastering fundamentals of selecting and activating Toastmasters public speaking pathways

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.

, Which Toastmasters Pathway Should I Use?

This project matrix provides a quick summary of what core competencies are included for each speech.

Toastmasters Pathways Project Matrix

For more details, take a look at the PDF here and the full recording below:

Upcoming workshops

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

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