Pathways

Pathways is the structured programme which all new members follow and which enables you to practice and improve your communication and leadership skills. Every project has an assignment that concludes with you giving a speech. Through Pathways you can develop your skills in many different areas— communication, confidence, leadership, management, strategic planning, public speaking and more. You have the opportunity to complete projects that range in topic from persuasive speaking to motivating others to leading a group in a difficult situation.

The paths

To help you decide which path you want to take, you complete the online Pathways assessment. This recommends a path to you based on your interests and public speaking goals. You can then choose this path, or choose another if you disagree with the recommendation. There are 10 paths to choose from:

Dynamic Leadership helps you build your skills as a strategic leader. The projects on this path focus on understanding leadership and communication styles, the effect of conflict on a group and the skills needed to defuse and direct conflict. These projects also emphasize the development of strategies to facilitate change in an organization or group, interpersonal communication and public speaking.

Effective Coaching helps you build your skills as a positive communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on understanding and building consensus, contributing to the development of others by coaching and establishing strong public speaking skills. Each project emphasizes the importance of effective interpersonal communication.

Innovative Planning helps you build your skills as a public speaker and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing a strong connection with audience members when you present, speech writing and speech delivery. The projects contribute to building an understanding of the steps to manage a project, as well as creating innovative solutions.

Leadership Development helps you build your skills as an effective communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on learning how to manage time, as well as how to develop and implement a plan. Public speaking and leading a team are emphasized in all projects. This path culminates in the planning and execution of an event that will allow you to apply everything you learned.

Motivational Strategies helps you build your skills as a powerful and effective communicator. The projects focus on learning strategies for building connections with the people around you, understanding motivation and successfully leading small groups to accomplish tasks. This path culminates in a comprehensive team-building project that brings all of your skills together—including public speaking.

Persuasive Influence helps you build your skills as an innovative communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on how to negotiate a positive outcome together with building strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. Each project emphasizes developing leadership skills to use in complex situations, as well as creating innovative solutions to challenges.

Presentation Mastery helps you build your skills as an accomplished public speaker. The projects on this path focus on learning how an audience responds to you and improving your connection with audience members. The projects contribute to developing an understanding of effective public speaking technique, including speech writing and speech delivery.

Strategic Relationships helps you build your skills as a leader in communication. The projects on this path focus on understanding diversity, building personal and/or professional connections with a variety of people and developing a public relations strategy. Communicating well interpersonally and as a public speaker is emphasized in each project.

Team Collaboration helps you build your skills as a collaborative leader. The projects on this path focus on active listening, motivating others and collaborating with a team. Each project contributes to building interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. This path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills.

Visionary Communication helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Speech writing and speech delivery are emphasized in each project.

The levels

Each path is made up of five levels which you’ll progress through. The levels follow a common structure:

Level 1

Mastering Fundamentals

Level 2

Learning Your Style

Level 3

Increasing Knowledge

Level 4

Building Skills

 

Level 5

Demonstrating Expertise

“Ice Breaker”

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“Evaluation and Feedback”

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“Researching and Presenting”

Two required projects

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“Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring”

One required project

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a minimum of two elective projects

One required project

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a minimum of one elective project

One required project

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a minimum of one elective project

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“Reflect on Your Path”

Resources

Summary of Pathways paths and projects – provides a summary of each path and the projects which are completed for each path

Detailed summary of Pathways paths and projects – provides a detailed summary of each path and the projects which are completed for each path

The Navigator – provides a detailed introduction to Pathways (and Toastmasters more generally)