Change is not easy. The change I confronted as a Pathways guide is akin to adjusting to my innovative car.
Pathways is Toastmasters’ new educational program that supports members journey of personal and professional development. District 27 began to implement the Pathways program last March.
Initially, I resisted the role of a Pathways Guide, but I acquiesced to repeated pleas for help. I discovered that my digital orientation with the features of a new car was like my orientation with the Toastmasters International website Navigator and Base Camp that act as the engine of Pathways. Base Camp propels a smoother ride for a member’s educational and leadership journey towards success.
As a Pathways Guide I am like the service team responsible for maintenance of my car because I work as part of a larger organization to support members customize learning and professional growth.
Rather than the smooth ride of driving my new car, advocating transition to Pathways was like driving over a series of speed bumps and potholes on an icy road. Still, I focused on the destination and support from the staff at Toastmasters International’s World Headquarters helped me stay the course.
Four key lessons emerged from my journey:
- Anticipate resistance
- Strategically frame the change
- Own the change
- Maintain the plan
I am glad to be part of a service team fostering a smooth journey towards the Pathways destination.
J. Carlos Velázquez, DTM, is a Pathways Guide and Dean of the District 27 Toastmasters Leadership Institute. He also is the Vice President of Education for
Crystal City Evening Toastmasters.