Month: April 2017

Easy-Speak Speaks Pathways

Easy-speak club – the best of class club automation website / database system – works with Pathways.

The Pathways features are enabled for clubs when their district officially has Pathways enabledes01

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?



Is Consistency needed in Pathways titles?

Grammarians/Writers: Is there value in using consistent verb or noun choice in a list of options – Looking at #Pathways #PathwaysMK electives list in level 3, for example:

which list is better?
1. Pathways Now list:
-Deliver Social Speeches
-Focus on the Positive
-Using Presentation Software
-Inspire Your Audience
-Connect with Storytelling
-Prepare for an Interview
-Creating Effective Visual Aids
-Understanding Vocal Variety
-Using Descriptive Language
-Effective Body Language
-Connect with Your Audience
-Active Listening
-Make Connections Through Networking

2. List revised to use Active verbs
– Deliver Social Speeches
– Focus on the Positive
– Use Presentation Software
– Inspire Your Audience
– Connect with Storytelling
– Prepare for an Interview
– Create Effective Visual Aids
– Understand Vocal Variety
– Use Descriptive Language •
– Use Effective Body Language
– Connect with Your Audience
– Use/Learn Active Listening
– Make Connections Through Networking

3. List revised to use present participle consistently
-Delivering Social Speeches
-Focusing on the Positive
-Using Presentation Software
-Inspiring Your Audience
-Connecting with Storytelling
-Preparing for an Interview
-Creating Effective Visual Aids
-Understanding Vocal Variety
-Using Descriptive Language
-Using Effective Body Language
-Connecting with Your Audience
-Using / Learning Active Listening
-Making Connections Through Networking

4. Who cares about consistency in such a list?

Toastmasters Pathways – 60 evaluation guides criteria….

Each Pathways project, each required course and each elective has it’s own project guide and evaluation resource.
Compared to evaluation guides in the CC and Advanced Communications Manuals, Pathways evaluation forms are much more standardized.

These standard Evaluation Criteria are common, rating each category from 1-5 in standard categories
Included in Almost All ( Persuasive Speaking does not include any of these
understanding Vocal Variety is completely unique I am still reviewing and may find more exceptions)
Categories included in 95% of all evaluations:

Vocal Variety
Eye Contact
Comfort Level
Also Included in most (over 80%) project Evaluation Guides

Audience Awareness
In addition  0, 1 or 2 other Evaluation Criteria custom sections are included for each project
A common one of these is “Topic” – though the meaning of 1,2,3,4,5 varies with the project

You can see which evaluation criteria are used in each project and access all the evaluation guides here:

Sample content from evaluation guide Criteria page:

This criteria lists the specific goals and expectations for the speech. Please review each level to help you complete the evaluation.

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

Vocal Variety
5 – Uses the tools of tone, speed, and volume to perfection
4 – Excels at using tone, speed, and volume as tools
3 – Uses tone, speed, and volume as tools
2 – Use of tone, speed, and volume requires further practice
1 – Ineffective use of tone, speed, and volume

Eye Contact
5 – Uses eye contact to convey emotion and elicit response
4 – Uses eye contact to gauge audience reaction and response
3 – Effectively uses eye contact to engage audience
2 – Eye contact with audience needs improvement
1 – Makes little or no eye contact with audience

5 – Fully integrates physical gestures with content to deliver an exemplary speech
4 – Uses physical gestures as a tool to enhance speech
3 – Uses physical gestures effectively
2 – Uses somewhat distracting or limited gestures
1 – Uses very distracting gestures or no gestures

Audience Awareness
5 – Engages audience completely and anticipates audience needs
4 – Is fully aware of audience engagement/needs and responds effectively
3 – Demonstrates awareness of audience engagement and needs
2 – Audience engagement or awareness of audience requires further practice
1 – Makes little or no attempt to engage audience or meet audience needs

Comfort Level
5 – Appears completely self-assured with the audience
4 – Appears fully at ease with the audience
3 – Appears comfortable with the audience
2 – Appears uncomfortable with the audience
1 – Appears highly uncomfortable with the audience

5 – Fully engages audience with exemplary, well-constructed content
4 – Engages audience with highly compelling, well-constructed content
3 – Engages audience with interesting, well-constructed content
2 – Content is interesting but not well-constructed or is well-constructed but not interesting
1 – Content is neither interesting nor well-constructed

5 – Delivers an exemplary speech about … (project specific)
4 – Delivers a compelling speech about … (project specific)
3 – … (project specific)
2 – Mentions some… (project specific)
1 – Speaks on a topic other than … (project specific)


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



Pathways Level 2 insights (Toastmasters)

Here is some detail on Level 2 – which is part of all paths.

3 courses – the 3rd course is common to all paths – Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring, the other 2 courses always include one of 1. Understand Your Leadership Style (speech about your Leadership style or a leadership style)

the Mentoring step involves giving a speech about a time when you were a protegee

2. Understanding your Communications Style (speech about your communication style or a communication style)

Some paths use both of the “Understand …” courses, some paths replace one with something like “Active Listening”

In any event
Level 1: 4 speeches, 1 evaluator role
Level 2: 3 speeches

One example of the required speeches: Mentoring “Write and present a 5- to 7-minute speech about a time when you were a protégé. Share the impact and importance of having a mentor.”