Month: May 2017

All about Pathways Badges…

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

First let’s talk badges. Members earn badges for Pathways accomplishments.
Path badges
Path Activated badge – when a path is, well, activated (dimmed look)
  Visionary Communication Activated

Path Proficient badge – when path is completed
(badge file name is …”incomplete”)

  Visionary Communication Proficient
(badge file name is …”completed”)

Level Badges
Just like paths levels have activation badges – replaced with “Level # Achieved”. And they Accumulate with a counter on each. Instead of getting separate Level 1 badges for each path – the “Level 1 Achieved” badge gets a number in the bottom right corner for multiple times that level is completed. There s no “Level 5” Achieved badge – that is what the Path Proficient badge covers.

Here is a Level 1 badge after a 2nd Level 1 is completed

Pathways Mentoring program badges – This special program is not part of any path so it has its own activated and completed badges

Give Feedback/Badges to other members:

How that is done will be covered in another blog post – for now here are the FIVE badges which can be given among members:

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. 🙂

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 🙂

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!


Path: * (Select)

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

FreeToastHost speaks Pathways!


[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:


Steve James, ACS, ALB
FreeToastHost System Developer


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


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—from identifying topics that benefit from the use of technology to effective slide design and…

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

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”


“… 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.


Pathways Level 2 Insights (Toastmasters)

Level 2 is the same in all 10 paths in some ways;
– each 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…

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  – This 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:


not everything is 5-7 Minutes in Pathways…

Not every speech in Pathways is 5-7 minutes…
But just like the current educational program, many of the 59-ish Pathways communication projects are 5-7 minutes at the lower levels but many are not, at higher levels,

Exceptions include:

Level 1
Ice Breaker: 4-6 minutes
Evaluation and Feedback  – Evaluation: 2-3 minutes

Electives and Path-Specific projects
Deliver Social Speeches (both 1st and 2nd speech): 3-4 minutes each

Focus on the Positive: 2-3 OR 5-7 minutes

Planning and Implementing: 2-3 OR 5-7 minutes

Reaching a Consensus: 5-7 minutes OR 20-minute exercise plus 2- to 3-minute closing statement

Planning and Implementing: 2-3 OR 5-7 minutes

Create a Podcast: 2- to 3-minute intro and 5-10-minute podcast segment

Leading in Difficult Situations:  5- to 7-minute prepared speech AND 5 to 10 minutes for impromptu responses

Manage Online Meetings: 20-25 minutes

Manage Projects Successfully: 2-3 minutes first speech and second speech: 5-7 minutes

Managing a Difficult Audience:  10-15 minutes

Question and Answer Session: 20-25 minutes

Write a Compelling Blog: 2-3 minutes

Develop Your Vision: Two 5-7 minute speeches

Ethical  Leadership:  20-40 minutes

HPL: Two 5-7 minute speeches

Lead in Any Situation:  8-10 minutes

Moderate Panel Discussion:  20-40 minutes

Prepare to Speak Professionally:  18-22 minutes

Reflect on Your Path:  10-12 minutes

Team Building: 2-3 first speech and second 2nd speech: 5-7 minutes

Distinguished Toastmaster: 5-7 first speech and second 2nd speech: 8-10 minutes