All these blog posts are my opinion, unofficial and I may change my mind at any time 🙂
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) – no 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 – including 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….