Questions and Answers from Winter TLI Sessions
At the recent Toastmasters Leadership Institute, some of our members took the time to ask questions of our panelists. We have organized the the responses into several themes (listed below) and have presented them here.
- Getting Started in Pathways
- What About Educational Awards
- Members That Joined Prior to December 2017
- Speech Project Evaluations in Pathways
- Distinguished Club Status In Pathways
- General Questions About Pathways
We have also included a link to the FAQ on the toastmasters.org web site. If your question is not answered here, we highly recommend you attend the Virtual Support Sessions that your Pathways Guide is conducting or, If you have any difficulty connecting with your Ambassador or Guide, please let us know so we can provide additional assistance.
THEME: Getting Started in Pathways
JOB AIDE: How to Start Pathways Job Aide – created by Jesus Contreras, this may be useful in helping you understand how you can get started in Pathways (note, be sure to run this in presentation mode);
JOB AIDE: TakeFourHighFiveStarter – created by the District 3 Pathways Implementation Team, breaks getting started in Pathways into four steps.
SRT-Q1: Can you change a path once it has been selected (but not started)?
A: Yes. Members who need return or exchange their path can do so within 30 days by calling Toastmasters International. Exchanges of paths are limited to one path per member, per program year. For more information on exchanges, please refer to the Return Policy detail in the Toastmasters International – Conditions of Use available at this link: https://www.toastmasters.org/footer/conditions-of-use
SRT-Q2: Do you have to be in two clubs to work two paths?
A: Members are free to work in as many paths as they choose, at whatever pace best suits them.
SRT-Q3: Within one level of any Path can you jump to projects before doing the icebreaker?
A: The “Ice Breaker” must be completed before other projects in Level 1 because it is the foundational project on every path. This means “Evaluation and Feedback” and “Researching and Presenting” remain locked until the “Ice Breaker” is completed. If you would like to learn more about the requirements in upcoming projects, you can access project descriptions and evaluation resources on the Tutorials and Resources page.
SRT-Q4: Are there some guides for mentors of new members to help them when we have not started Pathways?
A: Through May 2018, your club has both a Pathways Ambassador and a Pathways Guide assigned to you specifically for this purpose. Your Ambassador and Guide visited your club at some point since November of last year to conduct your club’s Pathways orientation. Your Club President and VP Education should have their contact information. Your Pathways Guide is also conducting virtual support sessions regularly to conduct online demonstrations of Base Camp and as well as answer Pathways questions. If you have any difficulty connecting with your Ambassador or Guide, please let us know so we can provide additional assistance.
SRT-Q5: Where can we find information on the details of each path if we don’t know our Pathways Guide yet?
A: One of the best visual documents outlining each path that we’ve seen frequently referenced is the Pathways Paths and Core Competencies document available in the Chief Ambassadors Toolkit on the Toastmasters International site. It includes an outline of the projects included in each Level of each Path, including the required numbers of elective projects and the list of project electives to choose from where appropriate. The descriptions of all the projects can be found in Base Camp under the Tutorials and Resources, Project Descriptions menu. There is no published course detail available beyond these at this point in the overall deployment. As more members transition to Pathways and complete their project work, we will be able to learn more about the various project detail. https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/C74952D666414797BE9B165B739B7CF9.ashx
SRT-Q6: Best ideas for helping new members kick off Pathways and get started?
A: Three of our Pathways Guides have created a New Member Orientation Checklist for the Pathways program based on their experience working with Pathways adoptors thus far. This checklist was also shared with the Base Camp 101 session participants at the district 3 Winter TLI, so it’s hard to estimate how many clubs are adopting it so far but at least it’s a place to start from.
Beyond that, the consensus so far has been to become as familiar as possible with the Level 1 project detail in order to effectively coach new Pathways members. Level 1 project work is exactly the same across all 10 Paths, so every new Path journey starts exactly the same for every member; the more familiar you can be with what’s involved in completing Level 1, the better you will be able to mentor your members in getting a strong start.
SRT-Q7: What are some strategies to help members navigate through Pathways?
A: We are assuming that this question is about using the navigational features within Base Camp or about helping on-board new members to the Pathways experience. For this use case, we suggest the use of the New Member Orientation Checklist for Pathways that’s been developed by three of our Pathways Guides.
If this does not address your concern, we highly recommend you contact your Pathways Guide and attend their Virtual Support Sessions where you can see online demonstrations of Base Camp features.
SRT-Q8: Can a member do two Paths in two different languages?
A: Yes, you will select your language preference when you begin your assessment. If you’ve already taken your assessment, the button will change to read ‘Continue to Path Selection’ on the Pathways Start Page. Select ‘Continue to Path Selection’ then launch the Assessment again and at the bottom of the pop-up you will find the option to “Skip Assessment,” skipping will take you to the Path ordering page where you will have the option to select the language you want your Path in. Complete your selection and pay through the shopping cart feature. Your Path will be available to you in your Base Camp within an hour.
SRT-Q9: How can my Club Treasurer pay for manuals for a member that has selected printed material?
A: Club officers can purchase paths in printed materials for club members. To do so, the club officer selects “Another Member” in the “Choose your path” box on the Pathways Start page (the page from which you enter Base Camp). It is important to note that only select paths are available in print (five in English; two in eight other languages).
Although the member will have the resources they need to complete their Path, the experience and Path options are limited when compared to Base Camp. Choosing printed materials offers only partial access to the Pathways learning experience and the member will not have access to their Path materials online.
SRT-Q10: Can you give feedback to members signed in Pathways for another club?
A: The home club a member indicates at the time they log into Base Camp determines which club members they can interact with on Base Camp. Therefore, you would not be able to give feedback to any member not currently logged into the club you share membership with.
THEME: What About Educational Awards
EDU-Q1: Do we still have educational awards? ACG, ALB, DTM, etc. Will we still be using the manuals?
A: The traditional education program awards will continue to be awarded through the transition period (mid-2020). However, the learning paths offered through Pathways do not align strictly to a ‘communication’ or ‘leadership’ track and therefore cannot support the same educational award structure. In Pathways, members will earn Level Badges and Skill Proficiency awards signifying their achievements. Employer letters can still be requested with each Level completion in a path. Upon completion of a Path, members will also receive a celebratory email (or a printed version can be requested) from the International President in acknowledgement.
For more information about Pathways achievement and awards, please refer to the following link: https://www.toastmasters.org/Education/Pathways/Achievement-Awards
EDU-Q2: Is there a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in the Pathways program? What are the requirements to be recognized as a DTM?
A: Yes, there is a DTM in Pathways! The requirements are posted at https://www.toastmasters.org/Education/Pathways/Achievement-Awards, and are summarized below;
- Complete two paths
- Serve as a club officer for 12 months
- Serving as a club mentor or coach
- Serving as a club sponsor or conducting Speechcraft or a Youth Leadership Program
- Serving as a district officer for one year
- Completing DTM project
EDU-Q3: How will this affect the Hall of Fame awards at future District Conferences? Will there be pins for Pathways?
A:Please watch district communications and/or “The Roadrunner” newsletter for an insight on how this might be addressed for the Spring 2018 conference.
While we understand how important recognition pins are for many of our members, currently, members can receive digital badges and (digital/print) certificates to recognize achievements in Pathways. At this time, the Toastmasters International World Headquarters Staff has not socialized any information on offering Pathways achievement pins.
EDU-Q4: How does member recognition (digital/physical) work in Pathways?
A: There are three methods by which members are recognized for their achievements in Pathways:
- Level & Path completion badges (digital)
- Member to Member feedback badges (digital)
- Milestone Certificates (digital, with option to print)
You can view badges awarded to you by selecting the “My Badges” tile once you’ve logged into Base Camp. We highly suggest user view the “Accessing Certificates” and “Providing Feedback and Awarding Badges” online classes available within Base Camp under “Tutorials” from the Tutorials and Resources page.
For more about these and other Pathways recognition options, please visit: https://www.toastmasters.org/Education/Pathways/Achievement-Awards
EDU-Q5: A club VPE completed the path and the only notification went to her, she can’t validate her own learnings, shouldn’t the Secretary & President also have received this notification? Note this club does not use Free Toast Host (FTH) for a club website.
A: For clubs that do NOT use FTH, The Base Camp manager email will default to the email listed by the club on Club Central (WHQ). This email address should be directed to an email inbox that can be shared by the VPE/President/Secretary or an email address that will forward messages to multiple recipients when new mail is received.
EDU-Q6: If Toastmasters is, “Where Leaders Are Made”, why is there no emphasis on the functionary roles in Pathways to help leaders develop?
A: The meeting roles of Toastmaster, Topicsmaster, and Evaluator are required for members to progress past Level 3. These roles can be completed at any time prior to the end of Level 3, regardless of where the member is in their path. With the exception of Evaluation and Feedback at Level 1 and Active Listening at Level 2, there are no meeting roles required in Pathways projects. However, many of the elective projects in Levels 3-5 require leadership responsibilities for completion, for example: Ethical Leadership, High Performance Leadership, Leading in Your Volunteer Organization, and the new Mentoring Program all include leadership responsibilities.
THEME: Members That Joined Prior to December 2017
CTN-Q1: As someone who is continuing on the Legacy program, how involved do I need to be with Pathways?
A: Just as in the Legacy program, new members starting in Pathways will need the most support through their first tasks to perform. This would include completing their Assessment and Path selection, giving their Icebreaker, being a Speech Evaluator, and preparing their next two Level 1 speech projects (Incorporating Feedback & Researching a Topic). Since the Level 1 projects are the same across all 10 Paths, becoming as familiar as you can with those Level 1 projects will help you best support new Pathways members.
Even though you’ve decided to continue focusing on the Legacy program, it would be beneficial for you to at least complete those same Assessment and Level 1 projects for the experience. You can then set your Pathways program aside while you continue on with the Legacy program until its official retirement. At that point you can pick up your Pathways program right where you left off.
CTM-Q2: Do I get credit in Pathways for speeches I completed under the old program?
A: The traditional program was aligned with communication and leadership tracks, while Pathways is skills-specific learning. As such, the projects under each program are structured differently and not interchangeable. The transition period (through mid-2020) allows members working for specific education goals in the traditional program to continue completing those awards prior to its official retirement.
CTM-Q3: I am concerned about losing experienced members as a result of the change to Pathways. How can I help them with the transition?
A: While our traditional track-based program has served us well over several decades, as our lives get busier and our time more limited, we need to customize our learning experience in a way that can get us to what we need quicker, while maintaining the helpful fellowship of our meeting formats. Pathways can do that by giving each of us more control and more access to learning than ever before, plus it delivers skill-based learning that will help members more quickly focus in on the skills they most want to develop.
Another way to reduce the risk of losing people is by proactively addressing their most anticipated concerns in advance of the change. Toastmasters International has taken several step towards that by ensuring every club has direct access to local support during the launch of Pathways by assigning a Chief Ambassador and Deployment team to every district who serve as liaisons to the district’s membership. A Pathways Ambassador and Pathways Guide were assigned to every 8-10 clubs and received early hands-on training preparing them to mentor their clubs during the first six months of access to Pathways. Toastmasters International has also been well ahead in their communications of information about Pathways on its website, in The Toastmaster magazine, and now within Base Camp itself via the available Tutorials and Resources. Existing members have certainly had the opportunity to be both informed about Pathways and prepared for its arrival, both of which can help reduce some of the anxiety associated with change. Our District 3 Pathways team continues to stay connected to our members, including through hosting sessions like the one you attended at TLI.
Please feel empowered to share any additional suggestions you have for supporting our clubs and members in their transition to Pathways.
CTM-Q4: How can an experienced member “mentor” new members when experienced members haven’t been exposed to Pathways?
A: Existing members maintain all their communication and leadership experiences from which that can evaluate and mentor new members pursuing Pathways. However, new members starting in Pathways will need the most support through those first tasks to perform. This would include completing their Assessment and Path selection, giving their Icebreaker, being a Speech Evaluator, and preparing their next two Level 1 speech projects (Incorporating Feedback & Researching a Topic).
Since the Level 1 projects are the same across all 10 Paths, we’re encouraging existing members working the traditional program to at least select their Path and become as familiar as possible with the Level 1 projects. Even if they are planning to continue focusing on the traditional program, it would be beneficial for them to at least complete those same Assessment and Level 1 projects for the experience in order to better support new members on Pathways. They can then set their Pathways program aside while they continue on with the Legacy program until its official retirement, after which they can pick up their Pathways program right where they left off.
CTM-Q5: I am just earned Competent Leader (CL) and Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) awards in the traditional educational system. Can I earn my Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, in the traditional system, before I am forced to move to Pathways full time?
A: Members that have achieved a Competent Leader and an Advanced Communicator Bronze already in the traditional program and want to finish by completing the traditional program through to your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). With the transition period targeted to extend through mid-2020, you do have time to complete your education requirements for the traditional DTM. We’ve seen people complete the entire traditional program in as little as two years, and you already have three achievements completed so we’d have to say, “yes, it’s certainly doable”.
The most time-demanding element you still have to complete would be the 1-yr requirement of district service; the most common of which would be completed by your appointment to an Area Director role preferable for the 2018-19 Toastmasters term (candidate selection is already underway) but no later than the 2019-20 Toastmasters term. All other projects are self-paced so your decision has to be based on the time commitment you can make for the roughly 2 years remaining until the traditional program is retired.
So is it doable? Yes, if you can make the commitment, but only you know yourself well-enough to answer that. The upside is that you can be confident in the support of your fellow members regardless of which direction you choose to go.
CTM-Q6: I will achieve Competent Communicator (CC) next month Should I switch to Pathways to pursue Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), or continue traditional program? Or both??
A: We’ve seen people complete the entire traditional program in as little as two years, and you already have the first of your requirements nearly complete. However, the most time-demanding element you still have to complete on the traditional program would be the 1-yr requirement of district service. This is most commonly completed by serving as an Area Director for a full Toastmasters term (July 1 – June 30). That being said, Area Director candidate selection for the 2018-19 Toastmasters term is already underway, and to complete this by the targeted mid-2020 retirement of the tradition program would mean you’d have to get appointed this go-round or risk only having one shot remaining to get appointed for the 2019-20 Toastmasters term.
On the other hand, you can transition right now to Pathways and remove the pressure of the time constraint for completing your Distinguished Toastmaster; thereby having perhaps a more pleasurable journey to the accomplishment.
Of course, it is a decision only you can make and you can be confident in the support of your fellow members regardless of your decision.
THEME: Speech Project Evaluations in Pathways
JOB AIDE: How to upload a file to your Pathways Base Camp document folder – will help you understand how to upload files (like speech evaluations) to Base Camp.
EVL-Q1: What is the best way to complete speech evaluations with Pathways/Base Camp?
A: We’ve already seen a variety of ways clubs are adopting the evaluation options. The most familiar option is for speakers to simply print their project evaluation form and bring it to the meeting for their evaluator to complete and return to them. Speech evaluation forms can be printed or downloaded by the member from their Base Camp environment by selecting the “Speech Evaluations” tile on the Base Camp home page, or through the Tutorials and Resources link in the menu bar then selecting “Evaluation Resources.” Since the evaluation forms on Base Camp are fillable PDFs formats, they can alternatively be downloaded and emailed to your evaluator or downloaded to a tablet or computer for completion during or after the meeting.
It’s important to remember that members are not required to upload their evaluations to Base Camp in order for the system to mark their project complete. As such, the approach you choose should ultimately be the approach that is most convenient AND effective for the speaker and evaluator.
EVL-Q2: How do evaluations work? Should members go online later to evaluate? Is there a form the speaker can print?
A: Speech evaluation will continue much as they are done today, however, the speech evaluation forms have been enhanced to provide addition guidance to the speech evaluator. Speech evaluation forms can be printed or downloaded by the member from their Base Camp environment by going to the Speech Evaluations page, the Tutorials and Resources page, or directly from each project course in Pathways. Evaluation forms on Base Camp are fillable PDFs and as such, can be downloaded and emailed to your Evaluator or downloaded to a tablet or computer for completion during or after the meeting. Members are not required to upload their evaluations to Base Camp in order for the system to mark their project complete.
EVL-Q3: What is the best method for providing speaker evaluations?
A: We’ve already seen a variety of ways clubs are adopting the evaluation options. The most familiar option is for speakers to simply print their project evaluation form and bring it to the meeting for their evaluator to complete and return to them. Speech evaluation forms can be printed or downloaded by the member from their Base Camp environment by going to the Speech Evaluations page, or through the Tutorials and Resources page. Since the evaluation forms on Base Camp are fillable PDFs formats, they can alternatively be downloaded and emailed to your Evaluator or downloaded to a tablet or computer for completion during or after the meeting. It’s important to remember that members are not required to upload their evaluations to Base Camp in order for the system to mark their project complete. As such, the priority for choosing which evaluation approach to use is ultimately the approach that is most convenient AND effective for the speaker and evaluator.
EVL-Q4: What is the evaluation speech in Level 1 – it says “When you are evaluating” – is it completing your first evaluation for another speech?
A: Yes, the Evaluation form titled “Evaluation and Feedback – Evaluation Resource 3″ is the evaluation form used for evaluating you as a speech evaluator. Under the notes for the evaluator, it includes the expectation:
“The member will deliver an engaging and constructive evaluation of another member’s speech. He or she will also demonstrate proper meeting etiquette by being fully engaged during all speeches.”
In the Level 1 Project Evaluation and Feedback, you will evaluate another members’ speech and be evaluated on your evaluation. In addition, you are expected to give a speech, then give again the same speech incorporating the feedback that was given to you by your evaluator.
EVL-Q5: Does the evaluator for the Ice Breaker need to be in Pathways?
A: No, any active Toastmaster can serve as their evaluator
EVL-Q6: Has anyone successfully used the evaluation forms real-time on their smart phone?
A: We received this feedback from one of our team members regarding the mobile phone UI; “I tried accessing the evaluation forms from a phone and the UX was less than optimal. An external keyboard would help prevent a member from having to tap out an evaluation that provides a level of detail that would be constructive and consistent with our club missions. Additionally, users would need a mobile version of a PDF reader, which may/may not still allow the editable portions of the form to work. Note, this isn’t an issue on my iPad Pro as it has both a PDF reader and external keyboard.”
THEME: Distinguished Club Status in Pathways
DCP-Q1: How will my club earn recognition in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP)?
A: Just like the current program, Pathways features 10 DCP goals (six educational goals and four non-educational goals). While the six educational goals in Pathways are different from the six goals in the current DCP, they do function similarly.
Remember, every club must meet the DCP membership requirement AND complete a minimum of 5 of the 10 defined DCP goals to be eligible for Distinguished or higher recognition.
For more information on how clubs can achieve DCP recognition during the Pathways transition period, read the following article published in The Toastmaster magazine.
DCP-Q2: How can my club achieve/maintain district 3 “Legacy Club” status in Pathways?
A: For the district 3 “Legacy Club” status, a club must achieve three or more consecutive years of Distinguished or higher achievement. While the current and Pathways DCP programs are running concurrently, Distinguished or higher achievement can be reached through either program or a mix of the programs as follows:
Just like the current program, Pathways features 10 DCP goals (six educational goals and four non-educational goals). While the six educational goals in Pathways are different from the six goals in the current DCP, they do function similarly.
For example, the fifth Pathways DCP goal—one member completing Level 4 in a learning path—will earn your club the same amount of DCP credit as the current fifth goal: one member earning a CL, ALB, ALS or DTM. Your club can choose to satisfy the six educational goals using the Pathways criteria, the current criteria or a mix of goals from both programs.
You will have plenty of time before your club has to formally adopt the Pathways DCP criteria. Read the following article for more information on the DCP in Pathways. https://www.toastmasters.org/Magazine/Magazine-Issues/2016/Oct2016/DCP
DCP-Q3: Do education awards always go to home club? Can you designate a club if a dual member.
A: The club to which you would like to apply Distinguished Club Program (DCP) credit does not need to be set as your home club when you purchase a Path or when a Level is marked complete. The VP Education (VPE) of the club you have designated as your home club at the time you login to Base Camp will receive the request to verify your Path/Level completion requests.
It is suggested that members of multiple clubs will need to communicate regularly with their VPEs about level completions and how those completions should be awarded on Club Central for the Distinguished Club Program. Once a Pathways level has been completed, members will need to tell VPEs of every club to which they belong about the completion and communicate which club should submit the award to Club Central for credit.
THEME: General Questions About Pathways
GEN-Q1: Will Pathways allow us to electronically reach out to other clubs if we need additional opportunities to speak?
A: Pathways will not provide a direct connection between you and other clubs. You will still need to use the club locator feature at Toastmasters International to locate other clubs in your area (or an area your planning to visit) and contact them directly about any availability on their meeting agendas.
However, Pathways DOES support project work completed outside the club through the External Training feature within Base Camp. External Training is a process within Base Camp for requesting and approving speeches completed outside the club, including those completed in other clubs. Use of the External Training system is not required, but is used at the discretion of each individual club, so be sure to consult with your club VP Education on how your club intends to utilize this feature. While you will not have a manual to carry with you, you will be able to print or download your speech evaluation to take with you for completion by your speech evaluator. We also recommend you complete the online class available in Base Camp through Tutorials and Resources, look for the Tutorial Video entitled “Completing a Speech Outside Your Club” for more information.
GEN-Q4: How does it work if you do speech outside your home club? How does VPE verify this?
A: The current policy, which can be found at www.toastmasters.org/FAQ, is as follows:
“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.”
Because members are working online in Pathways, they do not have a manual to carry with them from club meeting to club meeting. To facilitate communication between members and their VPEs, the process of requesting external training is set up on Base Camp. It is important to keep your VPE informed of any speeches done outside your club because your VPE approves level completions and will need to know that you completed all requirements, including speeches, for each project in a level in order to submit the approval.
These external training requests are designed for member and VPE convenience and to facilitate better coordination between members and their club. External training requests are not required and clubs are welcome to use any process that works for their members when managing speeches done outside the club or in any club a member may visit.
GEN-Q3: For new clubs starting out 100% Pathways, should we even bring up the traditional path(s)? To the new club members?
A: In our opinion, there would be no benefit to exploring details of an educational program they are not eligible to participate in. Awareness of the traditional program during the transition period is unavoidable, but we see no reason to delve into details. The best of the traditional program continues to have a presence in the Pathways content, but in ways that have evolved into an even more personalized experience. In our exposure to the Level 1 project material, We’ve seen tie-backs to the Competent Communicator Research Your Topic speech as well as the new member supplemental handbook on effective speech evaluation. As members progress further into their Paths, We’re confident we’ll see even more best practices from the traditional program woven into Pathways.
GEN-Q4: What is a Base Camp Manager and what do they track?
A: Base Camp Manager have three primary tasks to perform:
- Approving or denying Level and Path completion submissions
- Reviewing progress reports
- (if used) Managing External Training requests from members.
The reports do not track project level detail, rather they track at the Path and Level detail for each member. This includes tracking the Path chosen, current progress status, % completion, and delivery method chosen.
For additional insight into Base Camp Manager tools, we highly recommend you contact your Pathways Guide and attend their Virtual Support Sessions where you can see online demonstrations of Base Camp features.
GEN-Q5: How do we become a Pathways mentor?
A: Once you complete your Level 1 projects, Level 2 will make the “Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring” project available to you. All members complete the “Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring” project at Level 2 because it introduces the value of mentorship and the importance of the Toastmasters mentor and protégé. After a member completes Level 2, they can enroll in the Pathways Mentor Program. The program is designed for members who have an interest in mentoring. It includes many topics, such as understanding your role as mentor, assessing your own readiness to take on the role, completing a six-month mentorship of a protégé.
GEN-Q6: I am in a corporate club and need to send progress reports to managers. Can I generate these from Base Camp?
A: There is some high level reporting functionality available to Base Camp Managers. While the reports do not track project level detail, they can provide tracking at Path and Level detail for each member. Native metrics include;
- Path chosen
- Current progress status
- % completion
- Delivery method chosen
For additional insight into Base Camp Manager reporting, we highly recommend you contact your Pathways Guide and attend their Virtual Support Sessions where you can see online demonstrations of Base Camp features.
GEN-Q7: If I change home clubs, is it easy to pre-designate this within Pathways?
A: All the clubs for which you are an active member on the Toastmasters International official club roster will be available to you from the pick list on the Pathways Start Page. Should you join additional clubs in the future; you can expect to see these additional club(s) appear on your Pathways pick list with 24 hours of being added to the active roster at WHQ.
The home club you indicate at the time you log into Base Camp determines which club members you can interact with on Base Camp.
GEN-Q8: How can electronic devices can be used in a typical club meeting?
A: See the responses in “Speech Project Evaluations in Pathways” above for insights into use of electronics to assist with Pathways project evaluations.
Additionally, the Toastmasters International mobile app is the first official app designed to help you perform your role at club meetings with convenience and ease. It gives you instant access to your club roster and features a built-in Ah-Counter that counts filler words, a grammarian function that keeps track of the Word of the Day and an easy-to-use timer. For more information about the app, visit: https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/club-meeting-roles/mobile-app.
GEN-Q9: Is there a way to find out who has signed up for Pathways as Base Camp Manager?
A: Yes. Once you are logged in as Base Camp Manager, select the “Progress Reports” tile on the home page. Then select “Report 2. Path Progress” and refesh your data. Hover to the upper right corner of the updated chart and select “View Details” from the pull down which will pop-up a “Status of all Paths” report results. This provides the detail you’re looking for including: the Path name(s) for all your users who have registered for a Path(s), their current status on the path, and the timestamp for when the Path was loaded to their Base Camp.
GEN-Q10: Is there a way to make the Pathways Assessment tool available to prospective members as a recruitment tool to show the Pathways that membership has to offer from?
A: Thank you for your suggestion; we’ll be sure to pass that along to World Headquarters.
In the interim, we recommend using the Pathways Paths and Core Competencies document available in the Chief Ambassadors Toolkit on the Toastmasters International site. It begins with a single page overview of Toastmasters core competencies and how they align to each Path. Using this overview during your discussion with a prospective member and asking questions as to which of the five competencies they are most interested in will help guide the conversation. Your closing statement could be “Once you become a member, completing your Assessment will help you determine your final Path selection.”
Subsequent pages in the document include a single page outline for each Path with all of the projects included by Level, including the required numbers of elective projects and the list of project electives to choose from where appropriate. These pages lend themselves well to your new member orientation or existing member transition discussions around Path requirements to be completed.
GEN-Q11: Are there new DCP charts or Posters coming out?
A: Please continue to check the Toastmasters International site and The Toastmaster magazine for updates. Until then, you can access the full list/charts for the transitional DCP requirements in the Club Leadership Handbook (Item 1310) or the Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan (Item 1111).
GEN-Q12: Who is my Guide and Ambassador?
A: District 3 Ambassador and Guides assignments can be found on the District 3 Pathways implementation site at https://d3pathways.org or by emailing the D3 Pathways team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEN-Q13: (Regarding Speech Contest Eligibility With the change to Pathways, and some of our seasoned members converting to Pathways, we are a bit confused. Is it 6+ total speeches (old format and/or Pathways) to compete or if someone has converted to the Pathways program do they need to have 6 Pathways speeches?
A: The 2017-2018 Speech Contest Rulebook has been updated to include the Pathways learning experience. Eligibility for contests now reads “Have completed six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual or have earned a Certificate of Completion in levels 1 and 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.”
Refer to the Rule Book at the link below.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Find answers to your Pathways questions by clicking here (links to content on http://www.toastmasters.org).