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.

Pathways – May 2018

Pathways Coming to District 65 in May 2018

By Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Sam Metha

Per the recent announcement (Oct. 10, 2017) by Toastmaster International, the Pathways rollout in Region 9, which include District 65 and five additional districts, is estimated to take place in May 2018.

There are eight separate Regions that plan to have their respective roll-outs, starting December 2017 through April 2018. Regions 8 & 9 are the last two Regions that will have their roll-outs planned in May 2018.

Some of you may know, that District 57 in Northern California along with District 27, in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and District 51 in Khulna Lumpur, Malaysia, were among the first “pilot” districts where Pathways was rolled out in Feb., March and May 2017, respectively. The pilot program in these three districts was successfully completed in September 2017 and a large number of Toastmasters are already using Pathways in these three districts.

The selection and appointment process of ‘Pathways Guide” will begin approx. 3-1/2 months before the district roll-out date. The club visitation visits and virtual support session will begin approx. 6 weeks before roll out.

There are numbers of Pathways related materials and videos available on TI’s website. Toastmasters in D-65 are encouraged to visit TI’s website and see the latest information and videos posted by fellow Toastmasters who are already experiencing the Pathways educational programs and their benefits.

Here are some of the testimonials from fellow Toastmasters, sharing their personal experiences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPHILN_rjZo

There are several other pertinent videos available on TI’s Pathways website, showing for example “How to download your Pathways Manual.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXR-BO6E7qM

The Base Camp: The tools for your learning experience, including on-line assessment and tailoring your learning and meet your interest. https://www.facebook.com/georgedmarshall/videos/10154176158301188/

Visit https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview and watch COO, Sally Newell Cohen’s 5-part videos on Pathways.

Also please review the FAQs on TI’s website. They are frequently being updated by TI, as new questions and concerns are being addressed.

Once the Pathways roll-out date for D-65 is finalized (currently planned in May 2018) members perusing various educational awards will have a 2 year transition period (through June 30, 2020) to complete. All new members joining D-65 after the announcement of the roll-out date will automatically go into Pathways educational program.

Pathways is finally coming to District 65 and I hope everyone is excited to receive and embrace it.

Sam Mehta, DTM, PDG

Chief Ambassador – Pathways

District 65

October 20, 2017

Paving Road To DTM

Paving the Road to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

By Dan Ferens, DTM

Dan Ferens
With Pathways coming early next year, Toastmasters will only have 24 months after that to get a DTM under the current educational program. Since DTM is the only rank that carries over into the Pathways program, quite a few of you in District 65 have shown interest in getting it. We are doing several things to help.

First of all, there is a group that meets once a month on Zoom to discuss various activities and to address any questions anyone has. The next meeting is Sunday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, and will feature a presentation on “planning a DTM using a personal DTM mentor”. There will also be a Zoom meeting on November 19. If you want to join the group, please send an e-mail to Dan Ferens, the group leader, at DTMDanF@yahoo.com. Dan will also answer any questions you have via personal e-mail.

Second, there are resources available. The District 65 web site has a tab “Path to DTM” which will include useful information, including a paper titled “Paving the Road to DTM” that addresses some questions Toastmasters often have. Also, there is a 29-page ”Road to DTM” document available on the Select Toastmasters club web site; the link is http://selecttoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/. There is also an appendix on selecting advanced communication manuals.

If you are working on your DTM, take advantage of what is available. Of course, many members of our District are always willing to help.

We’d like to invite and challenge you, our advanced toastmasters to take that extra step to earn your DTM before the change. Then you can earn another with the Pathways Program moving forward.

Pathways Brave New World

Pathways To A Brave New World

By Keith Maderer, DTM

As we move into the new world of digital communication and presentations, we have to look forward and embrace the way our technological innovation is helping us make life easier.

Well your new Toastmasters Pathways Program is doing just that. Here are the ten pathways that you can follow on your journey into the future. I am excited to begin these new projects and learning new, different and better ways to communicate.

TI PathwaysSome of the Dynamic New Projects include:

  • Podcasting

  • Ethical Leadership

  • Blogging

  • Conducting online meetings and more!

Every member will have their own Base Camp online that will feature the following:

  • Engaging videos that model skills that you are learning

  • Opportunities to earn and award digital badges

  • Interactive quizzes and activities

  • Ability to share feedback online

As we move into next year, you will have the opportunity to explore this new Pathways program and start energizing your new skill set. Learning is a lifetime event.

When you stop learning… you stop thinking… and you stop growing.

I don’t know about you… but I am not ready for that yet.

For more information about the Pathways Program, click here:

https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview