How many speeches in each Path?

** If we count Active Listening – as TopicsMaster as a “speech”
** If we do not count Speech Evaluation as a speech (otherwise add 1 to each path)

Motivational Strategies (MS), Visionary Communication (VC):
16-19  L1(4), L2(3), L3(3-4), L4(2-3), L5(4-5)

Innovative Planning(IP) :  17-18 L1(4), L2(3),L3(3-4), L4(3), L5(4)

Effective Coaching (EC) / Persuasive Influence (PI):
16-18 L1(4), L2(3),L3(3-4), L4(2-3), L5(4)

Dynamic Leadership (DL), Leadership Development (LD), Team Collaboration (TC), Presentation Mastery (PM), Strategic Relationships (SR)
                                  15-18  L1(4), L2(3), L3(3-4), L4(2-3), L5(3-4)

Toastmasters wants your feedback on Pathways

When you complete a project Basecamp will email you with a request to evaluate the project
the email is from: BaseCamp@toastmasters.org
the subject is: You completed your project—evaluate it
sample text:

Dear Matthew Kleinosky,

Congratulations on completing the “Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring” project on 1/23/2018 2:28:00 PM! Did you know you can help improve Pathways by evaluating your experience on this project? Member feedback is a fundamental component of Toastmasters and aids the ongoing effort to enhance the learning experience for every Toastmaster.

Visit your Education Transcript on Base Camp, and select the Evaluate button next to your completed project. This project evaluation will only be available for the next 10 days.

Evaluating your project is optional and will take approximately five minutes of your time. Your input is valuable—please share it!


Toastmasters International

The ONE thing everyone needs to learn about Pathways:…

The ONE thing everyone needs to learn about Pathways:…
How to complete a project in Base Camp.

Put simply: complete and submit the “Assess Your Skills- After” page of the course

  1. After you take the course training on BaseCampordownload the Project pdf and training using the printable version …
  2. After you do the speech required by the project (95 % of projects require at least one speech)
  3. Go back into Base Camp (login / start Pathways) launch the project
  4. Navigate to the last page of the project “Assess Your Skills After”
  5. Answer the Assessment questions – ALL of THEM, when you have done that you WILL see the following type of Confirmation Page that tells you that you have completed the project.
    It doesn’t – but that is what it means


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:


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

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….


The new Pathways evaluation scoring gets “Personal-al”

Hmmm, Evaluations are much more standardized in Pathways than in “old” T education program.

Those details are covered in other posts here

But one issue makes me scratch my head…. The standard scoring/grading criteria that moves from feedback about the presentation to feedback about … The Person

For example, examine the scoring criteria for “Clarity:” which appears exactly the same on over 90% of the 60 or so Pathways projects

Clarity:  Spoken language is clear and is easily understood (evaluator is to select 123,4, or 5)
5 – Is an exemplary public speaker who is always understood
4 –  Excels at communicating using the spoken word
3 -“ Spoken language is clear and is easily understood
2 –  Spoken language is somewhat unclear or challenging to understand
1-  Spoken language is unclear or not easily understood

5 and 4 are about the person not the presentation. I guess these would never be applied to a new member or icebreaker ?
or what exactly does “always” mean? Is it supposed to mean “always in this speech” or is the evaluator supposed to have experience with this speaker before this presentation?



How Mentoring changes in Toastmasters Pathways

“Virtual Mentor” new term in Pathways
A virtual mentor is an experienced member who shares knowledge and experience in a specific area via the internet. As with a traditional mentoring relationship, the goal is to empower protegees to reach their goals.
The requirements for mentoring are the same, regardless of the vehicle for communication.”

“The Benefits of Virtual Mentorship
Virtual mentorship has a number of unique benefits because of its reliance on technology for communication.

Create a Global Community
Virtual mentorship creates a forum for Toastmasters from the global community to share experiences and support one another.

Expand Learning
Connecting with members from other cultures presents a chance to learn new methods, skills, and gain a better understanding of the world.”

And “Mentee”  is called “Protegee“…

A protegee is any member who seeks guidance and support from a mentor to reach his or her goals.”

And TI makes a clear distinction between coaching and mentoring…


Pathways Level 1 Insights (Toastmasters)

Level 1 is the same in all 10 paths and has 3 projects which require four prepared speeches and one role as Evaluator

Level 1 – Project 1 -IceBreaker – Prepared 4-6 minute speech

Level 1 – Project 2 – Feedback and Evaluation – has 3 parts

2.1 Give a 5-7 minute speech on anything and review your feedback
2.2 At another meeting, Give a 5-7 minute speech (same speech or different) and incorporate some or all feedback
2.3 Evaluate a speech

Level 1 – Project 3 Researching and Presenting

3.1 Prepare and present a 5-7 minute speech for which you did research