Pathways Evaluations

I’ve said for a while that the evaluations you receive and give at a Toastmasters meeting are Toastmasters’ secret sauce.  Immediate feedback has always been recognized as the best way to learn. That reinforcement of your good skills and a look at what could be done to improve make you better faster than everything else.

The evaluation has 2 parts.  The verbal evaluation is the speech that’s given during the club meeting.  The written evaluation is a form you’ll download from the Pathways website for the evaluator to take notes on and return to you after the meeting.

As the speaker, you need to provide the evaluation form from the project.  On the surface, this evaluation form looks fairly standardized.  They are.  There aren’t significant changes from one project evaluation form to another.  What is different? Continue reading “Pathways Evaluations”

What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?

Ever been lost?  Completely without your bearings?  That uncomfortable moment when nothing looks like you think it should?

Based on what I’m hearing from a lot of Toastmasters, that’s how they feel about Project 2.

Project 2 is complicated.

For Advanced Toastmasters, we’re confused.

For new Toastmasters, we’re confused.

Why is it so confusing? Continue reading “What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?”

Don’t Forget Your Post-Test

Every project has several steps.  You’ll start with a pretest to determine where you stand.

The tests in particular need to be full screen.  So make sure you open the pop-up window all the way – some of the test instructions won’t show up in the small window.

Pathways pretests aren’t programmed the same way as the rest of the site.  In general, you just press the arrow on the right side of the screen to move to the next page.  However, on the tests, you select your answer for each question, but when you get to the last question, you have look at the bottom of the window to see a button that says “submit.” Continue reading “Don’t Forget Your Post-Test”

Ice Breaker: Everyone’s Level 1, Project 1

Level 1 sounds… basic.  Like boot camp.  Where you start.

Level 1 Confusion

This is your first introduction to the education program and to be honest, I found it very confusing at the start.  I didn’t understand how the projects worked and was often struggling with them.  At the rollout of Pathways, nobody had any experience understanding the flow of Level 1.

There are 4 projects in Level 1,  but one of the projects, Evaluation and Feedback, has several distinct parts to it – 2 speeches PLUS an evaluation.

So you have more work than you’d think.

You start with the Ice Breaker speech project.  In Project 2, you give a different speech from your Ice Breaker.  You’ll give it 2 times – the second time, you try to use the points of growth that your evaluator gave you to improve it.  Then you serve as someone else’s evaluator. Finally, you have another speech that requires some research and organization.  We’ll cover each of these projects in future podcasts – so stay tuned!

Where you start in Toastmasters is with the Ice Breaker Speech.

Continue reading “Ice Breaker: Everyone’s Level 1, Project 1”

11 Pathways to Choose

You can find the list of the new Pathways options on the Toastmasters.org website.  They are usually listed in alphabetical order: Continue reading “11 Pathways to Choose”

Don’t Like the Results of Your Assessment?

In the last podcast, I talked about the Pathways assessment.  I mentioned you’re not stuck with their recommendations if you don’t like the results of your assessment.

There are plenty of reasons not to like the choices they offer you.  A 25 question assessment is only so good.  It doesn’t read your mind or know your future.

While I see the assessment produce good results most of the time, there’s no reason that you have to blindly accept them. Continue reading “Don’t Like the Results of Your Assessment?”

Welcome to Toastmasters Pathways

Toastmasters has been around nearly 100 years.  As a leader in the public speaking field, it has taught millions of people around the world.

In the past two years, Toastmasters has rolled out its newest education program PATHWAYS.  Using modern technology and updated techniques, Pathways has expanded Toastmasters beyond the manuals that were developed decades ago.  Incorporating leadership training in almost every program, now Toastmasters will build their leadership and public speaking skills together.

In the past, Toastmasters 101 focused on the Competent Communicator manual.  However, the manual is no longer available for purchase and will be totally phased out by July, 2020.  We have kept up the podcasts that talk about the CC Manual because the content – public speaking skills – hasn’t changed.  It’s just now introduced in new ways in Pathways.

Welcome to the New Toastmasters 101 Podcast.

We will be introducing the newest podcasts featuring Pathways soon. These short podcasts will cover a few details about each of the Pathways and various levels and projects.  Each podcast will be short to focus on only one topic.

  • The Assessment
  • Choosing your Pathway
  • The Ice Breaker Speech
  • Level Projects
  • Leadership Skills Opportunities

We will cover many others with our podcasts.