Pathways

Pathways is the Toastmasters education system. It is designed to help you grow as a speaker and leader. You begin by logging onto Toastmasters International and completing an assessment. This assessment will give you a suggested Path for you to follow. If you decide you want a different Path, you have thirty days to change your mind. 

How is it designed?

Designed to provide members improved opportunities to learn and grow, Toastmasters has revitalized our education program. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the program offers:

  • Learning pathstailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
  • New technological resourcesto improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile accessto educational materials (smartphones and tablets)
  • Expanded video and digital contentto facilitate learning among our global community of members

There are ten Paths from which to choose. Each Path contains five levels. Each level contains a number of projects. An easy acronym to remember is P—L—P.

  • Path
  • Level
  • Project

 What does a project involve?

There are eleven possible paths for learning:

  • Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
  • Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
  • Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
  • Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
  • Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
  • Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
  • Dynamic Leadership:Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
  • Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
  • Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills
  • Engaging Humor (new path):Build skills as humorous and engaging speaker

These areas of learning are based on the core competencies in the program which are

  • Public speaking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leading and managing
  • Leading strategically
  • and building confidence

A project might be:

  • A speech
  • A number of speeches and an evaluation
  • Completing a role as an evaluator, Table Topics Master or the meeting’s Toastmaster
  • Creating a blog
  • Creating a podcast
  • Moderating a panel discussion

This is just a small sample. There are many electives from which to choose. You will also find that many of the electives are repeated across the Paths so you may encounter the same elective on a second Path if you don’t choose it the first time.

The links below (and branching off this tab) take you to each of the Paths. There are in-depth details about what each Path, level and project entails. 

How long will it take me to complete a Path?

Each Path comprises of around twenty to twenty-five projects.

This might take around two years to complete a Path although Toastmasters is a self-paced program. It might take you longer. Alternatively, if you’re enthusiastic, you might be a member of more than one club and complete your Path in half that time. 

What do I do after I complete my Path?

It depends on your own individual goals. Toastmasters is a big organisation with many opportunities. You may want to take on leadership roles in your own club or within your own Toastmasters District.

You may wish to work towards achieving Toastmasters Highest honour – the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. To receive this award, you need to:

  • complete two Paths
  • serve a term as a club officer
  • serve a term as a district officer
  • become a club mentor or club coach
  • be a club sponsor, conduct a Speechcraft Course or Youth Leadership Program

Pathways Levels

Individual learning paths will have five levels, each increasing in complexity. DTM will remain as highest achievement and will require completion of two learning paths.  The levels are

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

To assist you in selecting your Path, an overview of each is provided on the Paths and Projects page. The information is also available for download as PDF files:

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Education Goals

Pathways DCP Education Goals

  1. Four Level 1’s
  2. Two Level 2’s
  3. Two More Level 2’s
  4. Two Level 3’s
  5. One Level 4
  6. One Level 5

  Transition DCP Education Goals (available through June 30, 2020)

Select 6 of the following 12 goals:

·       Two CC awards

·       Two mores CCs

·       One ACB, ACS, or ACG award

·       One more ACB, ACS, or ACG award

·       One CL, ALB, or ALS award

·       One more CL, ALB, or ALS award

·       Four Level 1’s

·       Two Level 2’s

·       Two more Level 2’s

·       Two Level 3’s

·       One Level 4

·       One Level 5

 

Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

  • Completion of two learning paths
  • Serve as club officer for 12 months
  • Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
  • Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
  • Serve as district officer for one year or Pathways Guide/Ambassador for six months
  • Complete capstone DTM project

What is in each Path?

Here are links that take you to a summary of each Path, Level and the Projects they contain:

  1. Presentation Mastery
  2. Dynamic Leadership
  3. Effective Coaching
  4. Engaging Humour (Newly released!)
  5. Innovative Planning
  6. Leadership Development
  7. Motivational Strategies
  8. Persuasive Influence
  9. Strategic Relationships
  10. Team Collaboration
  11. Visionary Communication
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