Where will Pathways take you? For you, it could be “Effective Coaching.”

As District 27 zooms full-throttle towards its transition to Pathways, you should familiarize yourself with the educational program.

If you’re new to Toastmasters or just new to Pathways, this, and a series of blogs posts to follow, will provide you the CliffsNotes® version of what you need to know to get started in each of the 10 paths that make up Pathways.

The 10 paths that compose Pathways are Effective Coaching, Motivational Strategies, Presentation Mastery, Leadership Development, Innovative Planning,Visionary Communication, Strategic Relationships, Dynamic Leadership, Persuasive Influence, Effective Coaching and Team Collaboration

Each path is designed to customize your learning experience and tailor it to your personal and professional goals. This particular blog post will focus on “Effective Coaching.”

Completing the Effective Coaching path will help you build your skills as a positive communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on understanding and building consensus, contributing to the development of others by coaching, and establishing strong public speaking skills. Each project in the Effective Coaching path emphasizes the importance of effective interpersonal communication.

This path culminates in an elective project of your design. Like the legacy Toastmasters education program, the Effective Coaching path includes an Ice Breaker speech designed to help you master the fundamentals that support your growth in this particular skill.

After mastering the basics, you will spend time learning a bit about your own leadership and communication style as you boost your mentoring IQ. As you proceed in the Effective Coaching path, you’re asked to select from several electives, such as “Connect with Storytelling” and “Make Connections with Networking.”

The electives in the Effective Coaching path will increase your skills in reaching consensus, improvement through positive coaching and then, finally, demonstrating your new expertise in this path.

If you’d like to learn more about Pathways, or to sign up for the program, visit the Pathways page on the Toastmasters International website.  You should also network with other Toastmasters at District 27 events like our Fall Conference, which will be held from November 10 – 11. Its theme is Shine! Shout! Share!, and you can register now.

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Jay Krasnow is the District 27 Public Relations Manager and a member of Challenger Toastmasters, which meets at Asahi Restaurant in Courthouse Plaza (2500 Clarendon Blvd., Suite G), Arlington, Va., at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Come visit our club!

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