How will meetings change in pathways? part 1 of ?

All these blog posts are my opinion, unofficial and I may change my mind at any time ūüôā

From what I have seen in Pathways so far in Levels 1-4 … I see few changes in how Toastmasters meetings are held, the agenda etc.

What I can see is a¬†possible new set of challenges to filling roles and the types of extra-meeting activities that need to be done….

Let’s face it, now the¬†vast majority (TI says 90 %) of members¬†do not even finish a CC under the current program
So we would be reasonable to¬†expect that majority (51 %)will not finish Levels 1-3…

Level 1 + 2 + 3 = one role as speech evaluator plus about 10 speeches (although one speech project elective could be as TableTopics Master commenting to each Topics speaker) Рno matther what path(s) one chooses
And Levels 1 and 2 are identical except for maybe one project, depending on path ….

What does this (maybe) mean for meetings?

+ Ice Breaker(s) from all members Рincluding experienced members when they start Pathways.
— ¬†And for anyone pursuing a DTM that plural “Breakers” applies – they need to do *two* Icebreakers – one on each path they do…

– Evaluator is a required role once for each level 1 – that might make that role easier to fill than the others like Grammarian, Time, TopicsMaster, TMOD which (apart from Active Listening elective for TopicsMaster) get no credit in Pathways.
For clubs who ignore the CL manual now, this won’t amount to much of a change in role-filling incentives…

– TopicsMaster might be giving feedback – The Active¬†Listening project¬†is different from Table Topics Evaluator, and if your club only usually has 3 or ¬†topics speakers, … you may need to occasionally change that to support the member¬†doing this elective in level 3. (Probably 5-7 topics speakers or more is best for this)

I will address the many outside the meeting activities in coming posts….

 

Pathways Project Completion Form

There is a new form that members need to use on some Pathways projects: The Project Completion Form.

This is somewhat similar to the HPL completion form in use now, although this one does not require signatures from anyone else, just the member asserting they did the tasks.

This type form is part of projects such as “8400 Building a Social Media Presence” where the member is required to do things which the Base Camp manager may not be able to verify. This form is used by the member to certify that they have done the required steps of the project beyond the project speech using the Evaluation form.

 

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Pathways Feedback and member awarded badges… (part 1)

Pathways introduces additional formal/official ways to and received give feedback to members beyond speech evaluations.

This article just is an overview of the concepts -later articles will include more details

Step 1 – access the “My Feedback” section by click on the¬†menu tile labeled “My Feedback”

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 STEP 2A РRequest Feedback

A member may request feedback – from one or more particular members – or from anyone/everyone in the club on a particular role they performed – It could be a speech, an evaluation or almost any other role that a member wants feedback on.

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The Feedback page allows a member to requestJust fill in the description of what you are requesting feedback on a¬†nd check boxes to indicate if you also would like club¬†members to consider proving feedback, awarding badges or both….

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or STEP 2B  Р Give Feedback/Badges to other members:

Members can login to Pathways and use the Options menu (see 2. in image¬†below- that number and arrow were added by me to the screenshot) … to see a list of requests for feedback made by other members. then the member may provide feedback and award badges ¬†(more details on that in later posts)

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And you will see a list of any feedback and badge request members have made which you can provide.

Enjoy… and stay tuned for more!

“Outside the (home) club” in Pathways

In Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience, members indicate a “home club” for each project. Of course for non-dual members¬†this is trivial. Their only club is their “home club” for all projects. ūüôā

In the current program, a member can do their speech manual project at any club, even if they are not a dual member without permission or approval. Usually, they have their filled in evaluation form as evidence of the completed project. Often this is done as a guest speaker at another club at the regular club meeting.

Beyond that members may elect¬†to do up to 2 speech projects from any manual (2 of 10 CC manual projects and 2 of the 5 in any Advanced speech manuals) at events or in situations “outside the club environment”. These could be at Area or higher contests, ¬†workshops at club officer training etc. Even in situations that have nothing to do with Toastmasters (work, play, or …. use your imagination ūüôā

To get credit for an “outside the club” speech TI does have some rules: and these are specified clearly in the tI website FAQ:

 Can I give speeches outside of my club for credit?

Yes. You are allowed to do up to two speeches per manual outside of the club environment for credit toward an educational award, as long as you receive prior approval from your vice president education. You must receive a written and oral evaluation from a Toastmaster, although the Toastmaster does not need to be in the same club as you.
Speeches given at Toastmasters club meetings are considered to be in the club environment. Speeches given at any Toastmasters event that is not a club meeting are considered to be outside the club environment.Giving a speech as a test speaker in an evaluation contest, or competing in a speech contest is considered to be an outside speech as long as it is a manual speech.

Change in Pathways…
Things are a little different in pathways. The member fills in a detail form to request approval from VP Ed/Base Camp Manager of their home club for this project. The details include: start date and  end date, description of the project and the group you will work with and a selection of either:

  • at a club other than my home club
  • outside of Toastmasters

This form is selected as an option (Add External Training) in your “Education Transcript” system of PLE (Pathways Learning Experience)
Like most things in Pathways, there is a link (not live here) for a tutorial on how to do the thing, in this case it explains the form in detail

Below is a screen shot of the instructions in PLE for doing this a look at the fields on the request form.  Enjoy!

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Path: * (Select)

Project: (Select)
Planned location for completion of your assignment: *
-in a club other than my home club
-outside of Toastmasters
Attachment(s):

FreeToastHost speaks Pathways!

Announcement:

[2017-04-30 08:30:18 GMT, FTH Developer] Initial support for the new TM Pathways Educational program has now been incorporated into FreeToastHost. More details can be found at the following support forum thread:

https://support.toastmastersclubs.org/4-general-discussion/29257-agenda-update-pathways-support-
implemented

Regards,

Steve James, ACS, ALB
FreeToastHost System Developer
https://support.toastmastersclubs.org

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My comments – rather than how easy-speak did this – rollout to clubs where Pathways is available, FTH decided to put it in across all clubs…. enjoy

Good first step – some of the timing are wrong on the electives, no doubt AQ pass will get all that fixed
E.g. Prepare to Speak Professional is 18-22 minutes not 5-7
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Pathways Level 3 Electives

Most of them… with a short description

Deliver Social Speeches

This project addresses the skills needed to compose a speech for a social occasion including a toast, eulogy, an acceptance speech and a speech…

Using Presentation Software

This project addresses the use of presentation software‚ÄĒfrom identifying topics that benefit from the use of technology to effective slide design and‚Ķ

Connect with Storytelling

This project addresses storytelling techniques and descriptive skills to help make every speech relatable and interesting.

Creating Effective Visual Aids

This project addresses effective methods for choosing the best visual aid for your presentation along with the creation and use of each type.

Using Descriptive Language

This project addresses the difference between literal and figurative language along with how to determine when to use each to create vivid descriptions.

Connect with Your Audience

This project focuses on different audience types and how to address them effectively.

Make Connections Through Networking

This project focuses on how to network effectively and understanding the importance of being a professional ally to people in your network.

Focus on the Positive

This project addresses strategies for improving your personal interactions by understanding the impact of your attitudes and thoughts on daily interactions.

Inspire Your Audience

This project addresses how to present a speech in an enthusiastic and inspiring fashion to establish a strong rapport with your audience.

Prepare for an Interview

This project addresses the skills you need to identify and speak about personal strengths and present yourself well in an interview of any type.

Understanding Vocal Variety

This project addresses the importance of vocal variety when giving a speech and provides activities to develop and nurture its use.

Effective Body Language

This project focuses on how to recognize body language used when speaking publicly and how to use gestures to enhance speech content.

Active Listening

This project covers the difference between hearing and listening, and steps for exploring the ways listening helps build strong, lasting connections.

 

Evaluation guides and project details available on my demo personal Pathwaytracker #PathwayMK
https://kleinosky.com/nt/pw/PW_editlevel1.php

Pathways project: being TopicsMaster

Every member using pathways must deliver a speech evaluation to complete the 3rd project in Level1 of any path: Evaluation and Feedback. 

There is a Level2/Level3 project which requires the member to lead a TableTopics session: Active Listening.

The speech is listed as 5-7 minutes and the project states, in “Notes to the Evaluator”:

“As Topicsmaster, the member should make short, affirming statements”

and

“… after each speaker completes an impromptu speech, indicating he or she heard and understood each speaker”

This project, Active Listening, is an elective in seven paths and is a required project in Level2 in 3 paths:
Motivational Strategies, Team Collaborations, and Persuasive Influence.

#PathwaysMK

Pathways Level 2 Insights (Toastmasters)

Level 2 is the same in all 10 paths in some ways;
Рeach path Level 2 has 3 projects which each requires a single 5-7 minute speech.

One project, the 3rd of 3, is in every path
Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring” – the assignment involves¬†presenting a speech about a time the member was a protegee and had a mentor.

For all paths, the other 2 projects include one or both of
Understanding Your Leadership Style” and ¬†“Understanding Your Communication Style

Some paths include both of these “Understanding” projects, other paths include

  • Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
  • 1 “Understanding” project
  • Another required course (e.g. Managing Time, Connect With Your Audience, Active Listening, etc.

2 paths: Motivational Strategies and Persuasive Influence, Team Collaboration include the project Active Listening, which requires the member to lead a TableTopics session. All other paths include Active Listening as an optional elective in Level3.

The “Understanding” projects both involve a questionnaire the member answers.
Pathways then presents a scoring of which types of “Style” (Leadership or Communication respectively) the member most uses based on the questionnaire.

In each project, the member is directed to *not* give a speech based on the Pathways training materials, but instead on the subject matter and optionally about their own experiences and understanding.

Parts of every Toastmasters Pathways evaluation

I created a list of all Pathways project evaluations and listed which criteria (where evaluator scores from 1 to 5) are used in each…
(see https://umeryouknow.com/?p=855)

Those criteria appear on page 2 of the 2-page feedback from of each project evaluation resource.

This article describes page 1 of the evaluation forms.

Page 1 includes 3 sections

  • Purpose Statements
  • Notes for the Evaluator
  • General Comments

Here is a simple description of common parts of each section

Purpose Statements

¬¶The purpose of this project is for the member to … ¬†(this statement always starts the section)
¬¶The purpose of this speech is for the member to … (this is¬†a common¬†purpose statement used in many evaluations)

Notes for the Evaluator
Includes a description of what the member has done in the project before this speech and may include what to “Listen For:”

General Comments  РThis section seems to be exactly the same on all 60-ish evaluation guides and contain the same 3 essay questions in the same order:

  • You excelled¬†at:
  • You¬†may want to work¬†on:
  • To¬†challenge yourself:

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