It’s an exciting time to join a Toastmasters club. You will participate in the brand new Pathways educational program, which aims to develop the most in-demand leadership skills for the modern world.
On joining, members can take an online assessment to determine, or alternatively select for themselves, which one of the 10 available leadership “paths” they wish to pursue so that they grow in the direction best suited for their needs.
Only interested in becoming a masterful public speaker? There is an educational path that specialises solely on public speaking: the Presentation Mastery path.
What are the 10 paths? Take a look below:
Each path is made up of five levels of increasing complexity. The program is designed this way so you’re always building on what you learned in the previous level. All learning paths contain the following levels:
- Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
- Level 2: Learning Your Style
- Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
- Level 4: Building Skills
- Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
As an example, take a look at the learning framework for acheiving the Visionary Communication award.
By coming to regular meetings and benefiting from the support of your fellow members, you’ll be guided along your elected educational path and achieve mastery in your chosen speciality.
You can read more about the Pathways program by clicking here.
What happens at our regular meetings?
Many of the projects required to progress through your chosen educational pathway will be completed during the course of the regular meetings you attend. You’ll get the opportunity to take to the stage and practice the following skills on a regular basis:
- Give an impromptu speech
- Give a prepared speech
- Evaluate what you hear
- Introduce speakers
- Chair and run meetings
By attending regularly, you’ll discover firsthand that the process of continuous repetition, practice and feedback that is at the heart of thr Toastmasters experience will build your confidence in front of an audience and competence as a leader.
Here is a video from the official Toastmasters International youtube page outlining the basic beats of a regular meeting.
The best way to find out if it’s for you is to come visit. It’s free so click below to book your place.