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.




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.