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I got StageTime – and tried something for 1st time

Toastmasters District 60 has an online system where clubs can request speakers and evaluators to come to their club as visitors and fill a role called StageTime2.

A few days ago I applied online for the advertised vacant speaker slot.

Today, at SALUT (The UT is University of Toronto) club when they had an empty 2nd speaker slot and expected slightly lower attendance at end of term and holiday season approaching, I did a Part 1 speech of Evaluation and Feedback in Presentation Mastery path.

There were nine members – all roles were filled, the small, yes, intimate setting was warm and welcoming. The club also had a member do a Pathways IceBreaker today.

My speech was informational and I tried something I have never done before. After my opening I had the audience vote which of two themes they wanted me to proceed with – the scientific or the social/ethical side of the story of Henrietta Lacks.

The vote was 5-4 for the ethical/social side of the tale. I got lots of written feedback and a great oral evaluation by a member doing his first Pathways speech evaluation.

If you are in Toronto I highly recommend visiting Salut Toastmasters, if you are in District 60, I highly recommend making use of StageTime2, and to all I challenge you to try the “audience votes” for the thrust of the speech approach some time!

A value added TI Education award report

Yes, I wish TI would consider enhancing their dashboard reports – by adding column filtering and column specific searches (so people did not need to download reports and run spreadsheet software on their phones to do that) – and by adding optional versions with some summary data/calculations included.

I made up one example: The Education awards for a District, my example includes a little table at the top which shows how many of each award are in the report – divided into traditional and Pathways awards too.

Why, because some people are interested in the “uptake” of Pathways in their District or other Districts. This data can help them see something about that

Of course, in 3 years the traditional awards will be gone from the report 0- until then – or until TI includes this kind of added data – enjoy the report here – just select the district of interest and click report:

http://kleinosky.com/toast/awardcounts.php

are there other TI dashboard reports you can suggest value-added changes to?

Education level designations under Pathways

First Last, CL, ACB
ABove is how education level achievements are listed with members’s names in rosters

That is changing a bit since Pathways does away with all traditional education award labels except DTM

In Pathways, the education award level/recognition change to:
the most recent path and level they completed

And they will not accumulate over multiple paths, only the most recently completed level in whatever path that was

EXCEPT: DTM, once a member achieves DTM, “DTM” stays after their name and is never replaced.

From the TI Pathways Guide Q&A log:

For example, Yolanda Gonzalez is working on the Presentation Mastery and Effective Coaching paths. When she completes Level 2 of Effective Coaching, her credentials display as EC2. Soon after, she finishes Level 3 of Presentation Mastery. Her credentials
then update to PM3. In club meetings, she could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez,PM3.
When a member completes a path, they also earn the Proficient designation. For example,when Yolanda completes the Effective Coaching path, she is considered Proficient in Effective Coaching and could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez, Effective Coaching Proficient.

Should I stay or should I go?

“If I go, there will be trouble …”
with apologies to the Clash

TI has provided some guidance to help members decide on moving immediately to Pathways or continuing to work on traditional education awards during the 2 year overlap period….

The official document from TI seems to be basically about your progress on the leadership track.

Personally, I believe the decision can best be made considering in addition to the above:

  • What are your goals – both in terms of learning and awards you plan to achieve
  • WHat speeches have you accomplished, exactly
  • Hw long do you plan to stay in Toastmasters

If you need individual advice – just ask!

try Pathways online now! (even before your rollout…)

Curious about what a Pathways project is like online ? – try the iceBreaker here #PathwaysMK
https://www.toastmasters.org/websiteApps/Pathways/tm100101_SCORM12_20151004/tm100101/index.html

Note: you will notice that the “Directions” section expands automatically on many pages of the project – this only happens in Level 1 projects….

Pathways – when is a speech evaluation *not* required?

Yes, it is true…
The club/VP Ed has some leeway here…

In traditional education program, the TI manuals and FAQ are clear:
From the 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.

But, according to Pathways Guide training …
….An evaluation can be skipped if that is deemed appropriate by the club and club leadership.

This is an answer a question about “external training” done outside the home club…
And it seems the VP Ed can approve a Pathways level as done if a project has a reason why no evaluation could be done.

So that is new!

Pathways insights – yes some meeting roles are required

Although the Competent Leader (CL) manual is dropped in Pathways … a member must perform several meeting roles to complete a path

These roles include

  • AhCounter (optional)
  • General Evaluator (optional)
  • Grammarian (optional)
  • Timer (optional)
  • Speech Evaluator – required before level 4
  • Toastmaster (meeting chair) – required before level 4
  • TopicsMaster – required before level 4

NOTE 1: th bottom *three* roles are *required* for a member to advance from Level 3 to Level 4 in each path. The member must nter a date for each of those three roles (Speech Evaluator, Toastmaster, TopicsMaster)

NOTE 2: Clubs *may* have a policy that requires a dual member to complete these roles in their club for the VP Ed/BaseCamp Manager to approve completion of Level 3. CLubs may make various local policies of course.

NOTE 3: no written nor oral evaluation is required for these roles, the member must enter the date each role was performed on their “Account” Page … not in their educational transcript…

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 🙂

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….

 

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.

 

ProjectCompletionFormExample1