As the snow thawed in the Washington, D.C., metro area last year, District 27 rolled out Pathways, the new educational and leadership program Toastmasters is transitioning to over the next several years.
If you’re new to Toastmasters, or haven’t had a chance to learn about Pathways, now is a good time to get up to speed. After all, the new Pathways program will replace the old Toastmasters education system, so it’s a good idea for you to become familiar with it.
A few words about how Pathways works.
Pathways has 10 paths you may choose from, each with five levels of achievement. When you complete all five levels in a path, you are considered proficient in this path. Toastmasters recognizes that you have unique goals, both as a Toastmaster and in career development, whatever your career track may be. Therefore, the 10 paths provide training in diverse skill sets:
- Motivational Strategies
- Presentation Mastery
- Leadership Development
- Innovative Planning
- Visionary Communication
- Strategic Relationships
- Dynamic Leadership
- Persuasive Influence
- Effective Coaching
- Team Collaboration
Each path provides training in mastering fundamentals, learning your style, increasing knowledge, building skills and demonstrating expertise in that track. Whatever path you choose, Pathways materials are found online in a system called Base Camp. Your Toastmasters membership gives you access to the system. The first Path is free. Printed materials for a few select paths are available for an extra $25 per path.
Completion of two paths, in addition to several other educational requirements, will earn you your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation, the highest educational honor a Toastmaster may achieve.
In several years, once the Pathways program has been implemented globally, the old Toastmasters education system will be discontinued.
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Jay Krasnow (ACG/ALB) is the District 27 Public Relations Manager and a member of Challenger Toastmasters, which meets at Asahi Restaurant in Courthouse Plaza (2500 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite G), Arlington, Va., at 7 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month.