Pathways

Pathways – Getting Started

There are 10 training paths you can choose from.  Read the descriptions below to learn more.  To help you choose a path, Pathways offers a short assessment quiz (25 questions).

To take the assessment, go to: https://www.toastmasters.org/start-pathways/choose-your-path

(**you will be asked to login to the Toastmasters International account.  If this is your first time logging in to Toastmasters International, use the email address you gave when you joined – and hit “forgot password” to get a password**).

Then;

  • In the box “Choose your Path”, hit “Yourself” and “Continue Your Path Selection”,
  • At the bottom of the Base Camp box, hit “Select Base Camp
  • Select the language of your choice, and hit “Start

Once you complete the quiz, you will be shown the three “Best Matches” according to your responses. If you do not like the recommendations, you can hit the button “Additional Paths” which you will find below the recommendations.

10 Paths

  1. Motivational Strategies
  2. Presentation Mastery
  3. Leadership Development
  4. Innovative Planning
  5. Visionary Communication
  6. Strategic Relationships
  7. Dynamic Leadership
  8. Persuasive Influence
  9. Effective Coaching
  10. Team Collaboration

Pathways Path Descriptions

1 Motivational Strategies

This path helps you build your skills as a powerful and effective communicator. You will work through projects that focus on how to build connections with others, understand the principles of motivation and successfully lead small groups to accomplish tasks. The Motivational Strategies path culminates in a comprehensive team-building project that brings all of your skills together—including public speaking. Not available in printed materials.

2 Presentation Mastery

This path helps you build your skills as an accomplished public speaker. You will work through projects that focus on learning how to gauge audience response and improve your connection with audience members. Each project contributes to developing an understanding of effective public speaking technique, including speech writing and speech delivery. This path culminates in an extended speech where you can apply what you’ve learned.

3 Leadership Development

This path helps you build your skills as an effective communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on learning how to develop and implement a plan as well as time management. Each project emphasizes public speaking and team leadership skills. The Leadership Development path culminates in the planning and execution of an event that will allow you to apply everything you learned. Not available in printed materials.

4 Innovative Planning

This path helps you build your skills as a public speaker, leader and project manager. Your projects focus on creating innovative solutions and building public speaking skills. These skills include developing strong audience connections, speech writing and delivery. Each project contributes to building an understanding of the steps needed to manage a project. The Innovative Planning path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design. Not available in print.

5 Visionary Communication

This path helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Each project emphasizes speech writing and delivery. The Visionary Communication path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional goal. Not available in printed materials.

6 Strategic Relationships

This path helps you build your skills as a leader in communication. You will work through projects that focus on understanding diversity, building personal and/or professional connections with a variety of people and how to develop a public relations strategy. Each project emphasizes interpersonal communications and public speaking. The Strategic Relationships path culminates in a project where you will apply your skills as a leader in a volunteer organization. Not available in non-English printed materials.

7 Dynamic Leadership

This path helps you build your skills as a strategic leader and negotiator. You will work through projects that focus on understanding leadership and communication styles, the effect of conflict on a group and the skills needed to defuse and direct conflict. Each project also emphasizes the development of strategies to facilitate change in an organization or group, interpersonal communication and public speaking. The Dynamic Leadership path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills. Not available in non-English printed materials.

8 Persuasive Influence

This path helps you build your skills as a persuasive communicator and leader. You will work through projects that focus on how to negotiate a positive outcome while building strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. Each project emphasizes the development of leadership skills for complex situations and how to create innovative solutions to solve challenges. The Persuasive Influence path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design.
Not available in printed materials.

9 Effective Coaching

This path helps you build your skills as a positive communicator, leader and coach. You will work through projects that focus on understanding and building consensus, contributing to the development of others by coaching and establishing strong public speaking skills. Each project emphasizes the importance of effective interpersonal communication. The Effective Coaching path culminates in a “High Performance Leadership” project of your design. Not available in printed materials.

10 Team Collaboration

This path helps you build your skills as a collaborative leader. You will work through projects that focus on active listening, motivating others and collaborating with a team. Each project contributes to building interpersonal communication and public speaking skills. The Team Collaboration path culminates in a project focused on applying your leadership skills. Not available in non-English printed materials.

There are 5 levels of difficulty on each path:

  • Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
  • Level 2: Learning Your Style
  • Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
  • Level 4: Building Skills
  • Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise

To get recognition for completing a path you need to complete 14 of the many projects in that path; 10 required and 4 electives.  Each project contains at least one speech.