Pathways – Valuable To You

Why Is Pathways Valuable To You?

By Sally Newell Cohen – COO of Toastmasters International

Pathways Value For You Video

The new Pathways learning experience will make your journey even better. The entire program will be available online so you can access it from your computer, laptop, tablet and even your phone.

You will have your own dedicated Base Camp will you will find all your materials, feedback , transcripts and project materials. You will be able to view them entirely online or print them out if you prefer a physical copy.

There are also education videos that will model the skills as you are learning them. You can also explore the many new projects, such as writing blog or starting a podcast.

You can chose from 10 New Learning Paths:

  • 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

The program will even give you an online assessment before you start to see which paths may be best suited for your goals. It will make recommendations, but you always have the ability to chose whatever paths you desire.

This program provides real world skills that you can apply in your job, your family and your social interactions. Make the most of this new and exciting opportunity. It will change your life.

FYI – From Keith Maderer, DTM, District 65 Club Growth Director

If you would like to view the new Pathways Required and Elective Projects, just go to your clubs, Free Toast Host website, visit the agenda page, sign up for a speech and review the drop down menu of topics. The new Pathways projects have been added to the bottom of the list and you can see a brief overview of what is coming your way.

Click here to watch this short 2:38 minute video:

TIPS – New Year Reflection

Tips From Our Past

A New Year…A Time For Reflection and Renewal

By Sherry Hunt, DTM – Immediate Past District Director

I, like many others, spend each New Year’s Eve reflecting on what happened in my life over the previous year that I am grateful for and then lifting up my thoughts for what I hope the New Year will bring. This year was no different so I hope you’ll humor me sharing a few of those thoughts with you . . .

Looking back I’m immediately grateful for all the folks that reached out while our daughter was so ill! Your kind words and prayers made many of those long days just a bit easier to bear. There truly is nothing more frightening for a parent than to watch your child lying in a hospital bed fighting to breathe while you can only stand helplessly by waiting and praying for a miracle. I’m also grateful I was able to be with her during those days and then to walk with her now while she continues to recuperate.

What I learned in those days was how important it is to have a voice and be able to speak clearly and cohesively when your emotions are running high. I am grateful for my Toastmasters experience as that allowed me to fall back on those skills so I could let the medical team know what she needed and how to help all of us through this ordeal. The medical team at Golisano Children’s hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was AWAZING and encouraged us to be as involved in her care as we were able! Not having to think about how to prepare my words was a blessing in disguise and another way my Toastmasters journey continues to enhance my life in ways I never imagined.

What I hope for the New Year is that more folks will renew their commitment to personal growth by push their boundaries and take a chance at the leadership opportunities Toastmasters provides for us right here in District 65. As with all of the opportunities, you get out of it what you put in BUT I hope you will actually give it a go BEFORE deciding you have nothing to gain from the experience. If I had let other’s talking about their negative experiences turn me away from pursuing leadership in our District, or even decided not to continue after the challenges presented in the 1st 6-months of being the LGM, I’m not sure how I would have handled the situation this past Fall…but I was fortunate enough to have members around me that encouraged me to stick with it and I KNOW I’m a much better speaker, leader and person because of it.

If you need someone to encourage you in a renewal of your commitment to grow by taking this Toastmasters journey, let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to make it happen or connect you with others that are also happy to help! The choice is yours but I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect and be grateful for where you’ve been and hopeful for what is most certainly going to come…

FTH-Agenda Photos

FTH – Add Member Photos to Your Agendas

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

Why would you want to put your member photos on your FTH agendas?

Meeting Agenda with photos

Because guests and newer members will feel more comfortable when they can place a name with a face. They will get to know each other quicker and become part of your Toastmasters family. The sooner you get new members engaged and participating, the sooner they become club leaders and better friends.

Since I first added this option, I have watched both of my clubs grow stronger and have more fun. If that isn’t enough, it helps members want to update their profiles with a photo so they are not pictured as the Toastmasters logo next to their name.

Every meeting is an opportunity. Opportunity to learn. Opportunity to grow. Opportunity to change someone’s life. Make it easier for your members and guests to their challenges into opportunities.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to add your member profile photos to your FTH Meeting Agendas. First you need to get your existing members to add their photo to their profile if they have not already done so.

Then Follow these 6 Simple Steps:

Step 1 – Log in as the “Site Administrator”

Step 2 – Click the – “Launch Admin Console” button

Step 3 – From the Select a Module drop down window – Select – “Meeting Agenda Settings”

Step 4 – Click the “Global Settings” Tab

Step 5 – Check the “Include member photos in the meeting agenda” setting

Step 6 – Click the “SAVE” and “CLOSE” buttons and your are ready to go.

Hope you enjoy your fresh new agendas and listen to the comments from your members when they see the change.