Quick Tip-Award Apps

Toastmaster Quick Tip/Link:

By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director

Award Applications

Have you ever wondered where to find the PDF forms to file your education awards?

Great news. Toastmasters International has a page that links directly to all of them. You can download or print any of the current CC, CL, ACB, ACS, ACG, ALB, ALS or DTM award applications by clicking the link below.

CC, CL, Advanced Award Applications:

https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/award-applications

Here is what the page looks like:

Award Applications

Pathways – Here We Go

Pathways – Here We Go

By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG, Pathways Chief Ambassador

Since TI has informed us the tentative roll-out date of May 2018 for Regions 8 & 9, I have done some “preliminary planning of estimated dates” of major milestones that will need to be accomplished in order to have a successful roll-out of Pathways in District 65. I am making an assumption here that May 31, 2018 [verses say May 1, or May 15, 2018] will be the roll-out date and based on this roll-out date, the following items/actions will need to be complied with in 2018.

14 to 18 weeks prior to roll-out: [January 15, 2018 to February 15, 2018]

PQD and CA will receive a Pathways Guide Selection Process Checklist and other resources to assist them with screening on Pathways Guide for every 10 clubs in the district.

Two to nine weeks prior to roll-out: [March 21, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

Pathways Guides and/or Ambassadors will contact club leaders to schedule a club visit.

Two to six weeks prior to roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to May 15, 2018]

A Pathways Guide and Ambassador will visit each club to train members on starting their Pathways journey. During these visits, the pathways Guide and Ambassador will deliver the Pathways Learning experience presentation and roll-out kit.

Six Weeks prior to roll-out to 12 weeks after roll-out: [April 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018]

Pathways Guides will share their virtual support session with club leaders and collect questions to address during the session.

Additional Resources:

There are many additional resources available to assist club members and club leaders in their Pathways journey. They include tutorials, FAQ’s, quick reference guides and more. Many of them can be found on “Base camp” and will be accessible once Pathways has rolled-out in our district.

Needless to say, that if there are any delays in roll out of Pathways in other Regions where the roll-outs are scheduled prior to Region 8 & 9 [January 2018 thru’ April 2018] the May 2018 for D-65 will naturally be postponed. However the above time-table of milestones that will need to be accomplished will remain, but will be based on a different roll-out date for district 65.

Once again the purpose of the above “preliminary planning of dates” is to make key stakeholders in the district aware of this time-table, as well as in informing and communicating with the D-65 membership at-large.

TI has prepared a formal PATHWAYS Preparation Schedule”. Here is the link:

https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/The-Leader-Letter/~/media/24BBC32FC94E4734954A839179E6FF0D.ashx

Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Then get ready for the Pathways in 2018.

Feedback – Video

How to Offer Quality Feedback

Feedback video

If you are like most new members of toastmasters, you may be apprehensive to be a speech evaluator. You may not feel that you are qualified to offer suggestions to other, more experienced members. You may be afraid that you will offend or hurt the speaker’s feelings if you point out something that you didn’t work for you.

These are common feelings for every toastmaster. New or experienced, we all need to be sensitive and effective when we offer feedback to others. Constructive guidance and feedback can help those giving the feedback as much, or more than those receiving it.

Have you have ever heard the saying, “If you want to really learn something… Teach it to others.” This is very true. When you learn to analyze the speaking skills of others and offer guidance on how they can improve upon those skills, you are learning what works and what doesn’t.

I have found that this has helped me to become a better speaker. Once I began detecting areas of opportunity in others, I found it easier to diagnose and correct my own weaknesses.

Take a look at this 4:53 minute long video and you will gain additional insights into helping others and becoming a better speaker yourself. Click this link for some great tips.

https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Video-Library/how-to-offer-feedback

Pathways Guide

Are You Interested In Becoming  A Pathways Guide?

Here is where you can start your journey.

Here are two links pertaining to Pathways Guides [1] Role Desecration and [2] Application for general information of prospective Pathways Guide candidates in District 65.

Pathways Guide – Role Description:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/75BADD1508074CA09442A82ED522B134.ashx

Pathways Guide Application:

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/A6C4E1261793408AAD497584A498F729.ashx

The on-line accessibility to the “Pathways Guide Application template” [password protected shown below in the link] will be available for use by Pathways Guides candidates, at the appropriate time for our district roll-out.

https://www.toastmasters.org/education/pathways/volunteers/pathways-guides/selecting-your-pathways-guide 

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Pathways – Chief Ambassador

District 65

Pathways Summary

Pathways – A Summary – by Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

TI Pathways

Your Pathways Learning Experience:

In an effort to offer members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program will offer:

  • Learning Paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
  • New Technological Resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile Access to educational materials (laptops, smartphones and tablets)
  • Expanded Video and Digital Content to facilitate learning among our global community of members

There Are TEN Possible Paths for Learning:

  • Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
  • Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
  • Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
  • Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
  • Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
  • Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
  • Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
  • Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
  • Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills

These areas of learning are based on the Core Competencies in the program which are:

  • Public speaking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leading and managing
  • Leading strategically
  • and Building Confidence

Pathways Levels

Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths. The levels are:

  • Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
  • Level 2: Learning Your Style
  • Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
  • Level 4: Building Skills
  • Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise

Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Completion of two learning paths
  • Serve as club officer for 12 months
  • Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
  • Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
  • Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
  • Complete Capstone DTM project

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals

Pathways DCP Education Goals

  1. Four Level 1’s
  2. Two Level 2’s
  3. Two More Level 2’s
  4. Two Level 3’s
  5. One Level 4
  6. One Level 5

Transition DCP Education Goals

Select 6 of the following 12 goals:

  • Two CC awards                                        or         Four Level 1’s
  • Two mores CC’s                                       or         Two Level 2’s
  • One ACB, ACS, or ACG award                or         Two more Level 2’s
  • One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award       or         Two Level 3’s
  • One CL, ALB, or ALS award                     or         One Level 4
  • One more CL, ALB, or ALS award            or         One Level 5

Current Education Program:

The current paths [CC, ACB, CL, etc.] will be available for at least 2 years after full roll-out in each district/region. Toastmasters joining clubs after the roll-out will start using Pathways immediately.