Members of the District Leadership Team, John Cox, District Director, Gerard Mannix, Program Quality Director, Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director and I will be holding a panel discussion on topics relating to Public Relations and Membership Growth and Retention, and Enhancing the Guest/Member experience.
On this webinar, District Leadership Chair and Past District Director, Kevin Lee discusses Toastmasters leadership opportunities beyond the club, highlighting the benefits, rewards and challenges that District Leadership brings. He believes that every toastmaster has more to gain from serving their fellow members. In addition, Kevin will demystify the process for becoming a District Leader.
Call for District Leader Nominations 2020-2021 To:
Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2020-2021?The first call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 is Wednesday 15th January 2020.
To find out more, on Sunday the 8th December at 8.00pm there will be a webinar run by District Leadership Committee Chair, Kevin Lee, DTM, Past District Director. Registration details to follow. Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to support our clubs and fellow members, and further develop your communication and leadership skills. Leadership roles can be challenging, but they are rewarding and a further opportunity to learn and grow. The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of: District DirectorProgram Quality DirectorClub Growth DirectorPublic Relations ManagerDivision Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S) There have been some key changes this year to Protocol 9.0 particularly regarding floor candidates. For more details and the critical deadlines please click on the links below: District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities For further information about these roles, please refer to the District Leadership Handbook and the District Administrative Bylaws, Article VII: Officers in the Toastmasters International Governing Documents. See the Toastmasters International Website for the Elections Toolkit.First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 by Wednesday 15th January 2020. If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork: District Leader Nominating Form From the candidate themselves: Officer Agreement and Release Statement Candidate Application Form Both Submissions should be made to the District Leadership Committee Chair – Past District Director, Kevin Lee, DTM at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.comDeadline for candidates to declare intent to run is: Wednesday 15th January 2020. After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate. The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2020, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2020, when voting will take place. Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Kevin Lee at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.com
A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations
Approximately 10-15 percent of our District’s Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments (worldwide 60% are) – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.
To help these struggling clubs, we must:
Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation
Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider
Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid
Audio (only) webinar with authour Pat Johnson DTM, Past Toastmasters International President. An informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs. We covered these key points
The importance of beginnings
Preparation prior to your initial meeting with the corporation
“Corporate Speak” versus Toastmaster jargon – know your audience
The demonstration and/or information meeting
Potential challenges you may encounter in the corporation
Leadership roles and responsibilities for everyone
In “The Sound of Music”, the Von Trapp family sang, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye”
It’s almost time for me to say “so long, farewell” as your District Director. I’ve served 5 years and 3 months on the District Leadership Team. It has been a huge commitment in terms of time and effort, but it has also been richly rewarding. A member of the DLT told me recently that “the amount of knowledge you have about how things are done is encyclopaedic and I for one would have had a much harder year if you hadn’t been there to advise me”. That DLT member was right. I do have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the district. But that knowledge has been learned from the District Directors I served under – Luanne Kent, Kevin Lee, Michael Collins and Red Skelton. For better or for worse they had a big influence on my development on the DLT.
Other members who influenced me are past District Governor, David Thompson, past Region Advisor Aletta Rochat, Past International Director Teresa Dukes and most especially Past International President, Ted Corcoran. I am grateful to each of them.
While it’s difficult to measure commitment and effort it’s important to recognise it. I would like to recognise the commitment and effort put in by the members of the DLT and the wider District Executive Committee in 2018-19.
John Cox, Program Quality Director was a great support to me and masterminded a very successful 8 semi-finals and 4 finals at the District Conference.
Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director helped to add 14 new clubs to the District and was so committed to his role that he went in person to a corporate club and guided one of the members through the renewal process and followed up with Toastmasters International on a daily basis to get the club reinstated.
Daniel Sandars, PR Manager gave us informative, interesting and entertaining newsletters, ensured the district was visible on social media and resurrected the District YouTube channel.
Brenda Lannon, Administration Manager, whose attention to detail, willingness to learn and commitment to her role made my life easier and contributed to the smooth running of the District.
Martin Foran, Finance Manager was patient and dependable and understood the importance of accountability in his role. His strict adherence to accountability meant that he even had the temerity to challenge the District Director’s expense claims. I couldn’t have asked for a better finance manager.
Red Skelton, Immediate Past District Director was always available to take a call when I needed his advice.
The Division Directors all of whom are at least Distinguished – Phillip O’Brien, Larry Lyons, Barry Lane, Shaun Durkin, Andy Nichols, Pat Croke, Alex Knibbs, Steve Campion, Colm McGlade, John McFadzean and Avril Stringer.
The Area Directors – Mari Manning, Alun Rees, Charlie Corrigan, Darren Burnett, Donnacha Smyth, Helsa Giles, Rosario Walsh, Derry Butler, Michael Madigan, Marie McNamee, Chris McCabe, Laurence Kelly, Jim Keating, Loretto Kenny, Niamh Doherty, Ita Finnerty, Danny Banks, Jill Ming, Mish Barad, Ken MacKenzie, Thérèse Kinahan, Pat Coakley, Paul Gannon, Kevin McGill, Karen Bellerby, Ray Mitchell, Martin Harnor, Faye Ritchie, Wojciech Zujla, Martin Mansell, Binal Sawjani, Gareth Coghlan, Mairead Murphy, P.J. Claffey, Mary Burnham, Bobby Buckley, John Kelly, Lynn Gregory, Becky Pennington, Rumbi Chihoro, Shyamenda Purslow, Tina Norbury, Adrian Herbert, Helen Kelly, Phil Cooper and Neil Whitelaw.
Will I “heave a sigh” as I say goodbye? Of course, there will be a sigh of sadness that my year as District Director has ended. But it’s time to move on. I will step into the advisory role of Immediate Past District Director and will still be involved in various pursuits across the District. Outside of toastmasters I’m looking forward to spending more time with my 18 months old twin granddaughters and their 6 months old sister. I’m hoping my garden will be blooming beautifully by the end of the summer and in September I hope to go back to college.
Alfred Lord Tennyson said in Morte d’Arthur “the old order changeth, yielding place to new”. I wish the incoming team a very successful year and I look forward to working with them.
One of the current DLT members said to me recently “your year as District Director will play a big part in my activities in TM for years to come”. As I say, “so long, farewell”, I couldn’t ask for a better compliment.
March the 20th will see the first anniversary of the District 71 roll out of the revitalized educational program that is known as Pathways. This section starts by reviewing how we have got on and then moves towards looking to see what new things are happening and tips for moving forward:
How have we got on?
Pathways level 1 and onward
Pathways Benefits – a user summary
The New Engaging Humor Path
Easyspeak Pathways Progress Chart
Pathways Pin Badges Now in Store
Pathways Schematic Chart
Tips going forward
Revised HACKING PATHWAYS for New Members A guide to Basecamp
How have we got on?
By Daniel Sandars DTM, District 71 Public Relations Manager
In November Toastmasters International published Pathways enrolment statistics for all Districts. Worldwide 55% (39-69%) had enrolled in Pathways within which 69% (46-81%) of officers had and 50% (35-68%) of new members (joined after 1st July 2018) had. Within District 71 the figures were Members 44%, Officers 59% and new members 48%. Just published data (Feb 22) has 49% of members, 63% of Officers, and 57% of new members enrolled in Pathways in the District.
You may think that all new members after the roll-out are enrolled on Pathways, but that is not instantly true as it takes time for new members to understand and operate Basecamp (virtual learning environment), choose their paths, and enrol. In clubs that support their new members with electronic and printed level one materials that enrolment step may only occur at the end of their level 1.
Curiously, around one year before our rollout the three pilot District’s D27, D51, and D57, who were a testbed for Pathways development, fully rolled out and they have only reached 61% of Members, 74% of Officers, and 51% of New members enrolled. Clearly there are diminishing returns to the extent of enrolment over time whilst the legacy program runs until 30th June 2020.
One of the stronger patterns in the rollout data is that the more members a club has enrolled on Pathways the more likely new members were to have enrolled. Peer to peer support within the club seems to help new member orientation to Pathways. A key question clubs could thus pro-actively ask is how are we supporting new members and each other with Pathways?
The educational awards registered by our clubs since the first of July, which is the beginning of the current Toastmaster year, provide additional insight. To date we have 595 awards of which around a third are from the Pathways program. The relative rate at which Pathways Awards are being registered is accelerating from around one in ten awards last July to nearing half of awards registered in February
Excitingly, we now have three people who have been awarded all five levels of their paths, thus completing them and moving onto their second paths. Close behind that we have five who have been awarded four levels, six who have been awarded three levels, 25 who have been awarded two levels, and a whopping 134 who have been awarded the first level and are catching up. Well done all.
What paths are members taking?
District 71 Pathways Awards 1st July ’81-22 Feb ’19
Key PM Presentation mastery, IP Innovative Planning, EC Effective Coaching, DL Dynamic Leadership, VC Visionary Communication, PI persuasive Influence, LD Leadership Development, MS Motivational Strategies, SR Strategic relationships, TC Team Collaboration, and PWMENTORINGPGM Pathways Mentoring Program (which is not a Path, but one of the overarching leadership projects)
Presentation Mastery is clearly a favourite generating over a quarter of the awards. The top three paths alone generated over half of the awards to date. Innovative Planning, Effective Coaching, and Dynamic Leadership are leadership focussed and their popularity is at striking odds to the popular [mis] perception “that nobody joins Toastmasters for leadership, they join for speaking”
Which clubs have registered the most Pathways Awards?
Table 1 Clubs that have registered three or more Pathways Awards
Div H14 Huntingdonshire Speakers
Div E42 Heart of England Club
Div A23 Republic of Work Toastmasters Club
Div N51 A1 Speakers
Div S43 Aberdeen Toastmasters Club
Div N31 Warrington Toastmasters
Div H44 Bedford Speakers
Div D8 Clonmel Toastmasters
Div A3 Blarney Club
Div N15 Leeds City Toastmasters
Div G1 Ipswich Electrifiers Speakers’ Club
Div S33 Linlithgow Speakers Club
Div H32 West Herts Speakers Club
Div N48 Manchester Orators Toastmasters Club
Div N15 Strictly Speaking Harrogate
Div G1 Camulodunum Club
Div E6 East Midlands Speakers
Div C19 Dundalk Toastmasters Club
Div J2 Accentuators
Div D28 Maynooth Toastmasters
Div M26 Clondalkin Toastmasters
Div F12 Loughrea Toastmasters Club
Div S43 Inverness Toastmonsters
Div H20 Hertfordshire Speakers Club
Div G41 Cambridge City Communicators
Congratulations to all those involved.
Pathways level 1 and onward
Julie Kenny ACS ALB VPPR Ipswich Electrifiers
I’d been hearing about Pathways (then Revitalised Education Program) since my first district council meeting so by the time it came along I was keen to get my nose into it. I didn’t know what I’d think of it, but my curiosity meant that I just wanted to know as much as I could. Unlike a lot of members, the technical side didn’t worry me, I’ve spent many years with computer systems, using and developing, and I took my usual approach; I would defeat and master it by clicking everything and seeing what happened, if all else failed I would find and read the instructions. Overall that approach has worked with the Pathways Basecamp, but I have resorted to reading instructions and learnt that a there’s a few things I shouldn’t have clicked – beware, you cannot re-do an assessment.
The questions I really wanted answers to were about the projects. What would I be asked to do, were these things I wanted to do or could benefit from, and as a long-standing Toastmaster and committee member could I understand what the intention was behind these projects and the benefit to members and clubs; essentially, I tried to reverse engineer the program.
The first hurdle was choosing a path. The assessment gave me a list of choices which I found near impossible to prioritise, so I turned to the wealth of information others were sharing about the paths, primarily the Pathways catalogue. I went through the paths and projects to understand what was involved in each, picking up on things I really wanted to do and others I wanted to avoid. One colour coded spreadsheet later I had chosen Leadership Development; it has opportunities to organise small and larger events which I enjoy enough to want to be better at. What struck me most however is that although there is a lot of leadership in the paths there isn’t really a path that isn’t about speaking. Yes, you may work on a project to develop leadership skills but very few of those aren’t completed by giving an evaluated speech. I don’t think everyone has grasped that yet
Once chosen I wanted to get moving on my ice-breaker, mostly so that I could get to know the system by completing a project. I’m on my third CC so it’s not my first ice-breaker but it coincided with a fantastic opportunity; the Safe Haven team were asking for speeches at the pre-conference Anglo-Irish meeting and I got accepted. My ice-breaker was then my story so far, told to a group of Toastmasters but outside my comfort zone. Some of these I’d seen speak before and I was in huge awe of. I think it went OK, but I’ll admit I was very nervous.
Regards the project itself, the information and videos were good with tips on preparing, basic structure, timing and handling nerves. New members often put too much into their speech and overrun so I could see how this project helps, particularly when using the speech preparation worksheets. The challenge to me was not to rush ahead through the project screens, it does take you step by step with great hints and it’s easy to miss something. As an experienced member it’s good to know how newer members are being supported too.
The second project in level 1 is evaluation. I think this is the game changer for clubs in a good way. Essentially you give a speech and then repeat it or a version of it, before evaluating another Toastmaster. Possibly every club has seen members who either have no interest in their evaluations, argue with the evaluator during the evaluation itself and either won’t evaluate others or have bad habits when they do. The evaluation project outlines good practice and courtesy and asks for the member to actively listen to and use their evaluation. I was planning to speak about our club at a networking event, so the core of that presentation was my speech for this project. My improvement points made me realise that I tend to speak more ‘to my audience’ than ‘with my audience’. So, on the second version I reworked it with more questions and better opening. It was better the second time around and since then well received at the networking event. The final step where you do an evaluation and get feedback was insightful and more specific than the feedback I’d received for my CL.
Every path’s level one completes with a research project. Digging into the detail on this it’s also about speech structures. The challenge for me was not only to research but to keep track of that research and credit accordingly. The growth of the internet has made it easier and easier to plagiarize speeches and I suspect the question of originality is being raised more and more often so I’m glad to see this tackled head on. My speech was centred on Mary Lee Berners-Lee (an early computer coder and mother of Sir Tim Berners-Lee), I found the research hugely addictive and it will be a theme I return to. Keeping to time and getting the credits referenced I found challenging but I managed to do so. On reflection this project is also likely to help those who struggle for topics, once you explore something you have a passing interest in it’s easy to end up with ideas for more speeches than you planned.
So, level 1 completed, Fiona Watt our VPE is very good at approving and submitting awards so I’m looking at level 2. For leadership development my next project is Managing Time. In the CL this skill seemed to be more closely related to clock watching in a meeting. But I find my challenge is to track all the time it takes me to write and practise my next speech – a daunting prospect because I know I’m rarely honest with myself about that. Frankly it can only be a good thing.
Pathways Benefits – a user summary
By John Kendall DTM DL5
The District now has five members who have completed full paths and several others who are at a very advanced stage. I conducted a survey on a self-selected group of experienced Pathways users who are active on Facebook. The question posed was “What do you regard as the most important benefits that Pathways brings us?”
I have added the sub headings, edited whilst keeping the essence of the quotes.
The flexibility to choose specialization right at the start of your journey.
Members can choose printed or online materials and use what works best for them.
There is a wealth of materials and videos which I love.
To expand your mind! Learning how to plan your speeches with greater meaning and connectivity with your audiences.
Pathways provides a framework for a successful educational journey.
Opportunities to broaden communication styles e.g. blog and podcast. In line with social media.
There are choices aplenty, like fish in the Ocean. If you want to catch it, it is yours to do so, refrain and you will not get it.
Pathways is a treasure house rich with enormous wisdom. You have a lot of freedom you can enhance your talents.
So much support material for every project! For example, the elective project “vocal variety,” provides much help on exactly what vocal variety is, how to implement it, how to practise it, and an example video! I LOVED it! And this has been true for every project I’ve done!
You can, like me at 82, be walked through the process, very patiently (from TI phone call), and I have had zero problems with it since.
Excellent learning resources e.g. videos, assessments, etc.
Pathways is so practical with lots of examples and materials.
Adult modern learning, more practical and deep projects, experiential learning and reflecting our club meetings as were there 100 years already.
Pathways it is not restrictive, so you can go farther. Once we understand the ropes, personalise each path and even each project, get used to reflect, improve, we get a real adult blended learning.
For me on every project I find something to utilise in my everyday life and this helps me to not only grow as an individual but to see a growth in my business too!
As relatively new, the videos help me understand certain concepts and the before and after quizzes are awesome. They push me to check my progress.
Good for those that learn best using videos. Others it doesn’t suit can download the projects.
I like the levels with increasing challenges as you progress.
Each path & mentoring underscore theory with practice through short (1 month), medium (3 months) and long projects (6 months).
Potential for Change
You can provide that feedback when you complete the project.
I agree with the evaluations that we can enter after the completion of each project. Doing it will help towards the programme being updated & changed in the future
Some projects are very well done and provide great examples already. I have faith that others will be improved.
It should be easy to expand and enhance the entire programme as we move forward.
It will benefit from pruning some new & under used aspects.
It should be easy & efficient to update & distribute changes with electronic publishing. For instance, the videos obviate the need for huge quantities of written material
Demonstrated with the new 11th path in February on Humour & with its new projects.
Give and receive more effective evaluations (express feedback in both words and numbers)
In pathways you learn to evaluate early on and self-evaluate all the way through & be evaluated by others.
The before and after quizzes have meaning once you get to new material.
A thorough introduction to mentoring in increasing sized projects.
Really understanding pathways and mentoring will mould real leaders.
Paperless should be a big help when we get there.
The ability to complete more than two speeches per manual outside of a Toastmasters meeting. Good for those that learn best using videos. Others it doesn’t suit can download the projects. (Important to some)
Having the ability to choose additional options.
I needed a new experience. Pathways has inspired and challenged me to rejuvenate my journey.
Pathways gave new incentive and passion to me. Top of Form
Pathways integrates Communication and leadership skills like the real world.
Saving evaluations online to refer to at a future point of time – if you scan & load paper versions.
Breaking through those barriers and ‘doing it my way’. I set out with a plan in mind for my second and third Paths, once I had learned the ropes in Path number 1.
I could choose my goals, then select the relevant themes for the required projects, then choose my preferred electives to enable me to reach those goals.
Now that I have mastered skills in being a communicator, leader and mentor I now have a clear outline of how to help others in their journey.
As a self-directed learner and Pathways Guide, I learned quickly the navigational how-to in Base Camp and am now preparing a Learner Guide for those who are new to the system.
I believe vocal variety is so useful, it should be much closer to the front of the learning curve.
Some of our retired members, myself included are moving right along in Pathways. We oldies are perfectly capable of learning the technology.
However, we may need to help the less capable
I am dedicated to helping members get used to the navigation in Pathways, so they then focus on improving their speaking and leadership skills.
You could choose one path and do all the electives giving you access to lots of extra projects at no cost.
The New Engaging Humor Path
Toastmasters International launched Engaging Humor, the 11th path in the Pathways learning experience, helping members develop their funny bone to entertain an audience.
This path is designed to help you build your skills as a humorous and engaging public speaker. The projects on this path focus on understanding your sense of humor and how that sense of humor translates to engaging audience members. The projects contribute to developing an understanding of how to effectively use humor in a speech, including challenging situations and impromptu speeches. This path culminates in an extended humorous speech that will allow you to apply what you learned.
Engaging Humor is only offered online and is available to all members. Its projects, which include titles such as “Know Your Sense of Humor” and “The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech,” offer strategies on writing humorous speeches, using effective timing and pacing, crafting strong openings and even how to cope when your jokes bomb. (Tips: Don’t sulk, don’t be irritated with the audience, and take time later to analyze why some bits worked and some didn’t.)
As with the other 10 paths in the program, you advance through five levels that increase in complexity. The projects include interactive activities and videos, which feature insights from experts such as Darren LaCroix, Toastmasters’ 2002 World Champion of Public Speaking and longtime stand-up comedian Judy Carter, author of The Comedy Bible.
The humor path draws on many of the same concepts highlighted in the Humorously Speaking manual in Toastmasters’ traditional education program. The importance of understanding and developing your own style of humor is a key aspect. So is wringing comedy out of personal stories and anecdotes that will resonate with your audience. Engaging Humor features a Story Collection tool in Base Camp that enables you to gather your own trove of funny stories.
Please share and promote this exciting news to the members of your district as well as your local media. For more information about Pathways, visit www.toastmasters.org/Pathways.
Those clubs (roughly half (55%) of the District) that use the meeting management system Easy Speak now have new tools to help manage Pathways
If you are an easy-Speak user, you can access the new Pathways Chart from the Club Charts option in This Club on the main menu.
Above is a screen capture (anonymised) of a Pathways Chart from my club where the VPE can see progress being made by all members through each of the five levels in a path, at a glance.
This new service makes it super easy to verify completions of actual speech deliveries in your club. The green ticks indicate speeches completed at club meetings, dark green for earlier events and lighter green for more recent events. Each green tick is clickable for tracking back to the actual meeting where that speech was completed. Note: you may need to visit the meeting agenda to see which Pathways project it refers to.
Each member’s enrolled Paths are shown as clickable links in the final column. Each one will display a complete list of speeches and projects completed for that Path, showing titles, dates and Evaluators. Here is a glimpse of one of mine! (Note: I can now mark this Workbook Complete.)
Revised HACKING PATHWAYS for New Members – A guide to Basecamp
By John Kendall DTM
Pathways Learning Experience – has three score projects spread over eleven paths and five levels – accessed via an online system new to most people. Most people are happy with the projects & paths, but some want more options added. First new path added is Engaging Humour [See this issue for more on this path).
On your first log in enter your email address and choose the forgotten password option to set your password
Log in & your name should appear at the top. (If you click on it, it shows your profile and settings)
You now have access to extra things, such as the current issue of our magazine.
Navigate (i.e. find your way) to pathways learning experience – the collection of Toastmaster Projects.
You read, LEARN/DO & then speak, be evaluated & compare your skill levels at the start & finish.
Step 1 you are to choose your path in 3 ways
by answering a score of questions & trusting the algorithm
read the names & descriptions
by looking at the projects required at the highest levels & other research.
If you are less keen on using online learning until you know more, your Vice President of Education can send you the Navigator (the guide to all things toastmasters) as a PDF & first three projects as PDFs. You can then choose your path later, but it must be before you wish to go to Level 2. [PDF – Portable Document Format is a widely used electronic file that can either be printed or viewed on a computer or smart device]
Step 2. Do projects in a level?
Minimum – activate & launch project (expand to full size to see section menu at the bottom!)
Self-score your current skill level & press submit
Go to evaluation section & choose “print” to download a PDF. Leave Basecamp.
Use PDF for source of learning (print if prefer), prepare Speech.
Print the evaluation part of PDF, give speech, keep completed evaluation.
Go to basecamp, relaunch project, go the last section self-score skills & press submit.
You will be invited to evaluate the project – this is not required & gets no reaction, but your feedback helps update our program.
Some projects have educational videos, calculators and resources to use online. The printable PDF version of the project will have their equivalent including answers to the questions.
Step 3. Complete a level
Activate last (completion) project – this sends email to basecamp manager. Leave basecamp
It can help to send your own email to the three basecamp managers (BCM) and ask them to complete the level. In it make explicit, if you wish, that you also want the club to register your completed level Award at Toastmasters International for your official records (in the Club Central portal).
Wait. Remind BCMs, if you need to.
That is all. The rest is unnecessary. This is all you need to know.
You do not need to upload evaluations.
You do not have to give feedback (well you won’t get much from others)
Know how to find editable evaluation forms for others, but it is helpful.
Faster Access to pathways
I usually log in to Toastmasters.org
click on “welcome John” name at the top.
Those chose to go to pathways block & click on go to my transcript.
Find the line with the pile of books Icon = levels & projects & has your pathname
Click on the Curriculum on the Right-Hand Side, to access levels & projects
Home for Evaluation Forms
On the top of Left-Hand-Side (LHS) there is a menu button home.
It takes you to some images without function.
It has one useful button below on Right-Hand-Side (RHS) to take you to English evaluation forms in alphabetical order when you page down. In principle you should email a copy of evaluation form to your evaluator & print it for the meeting.
Also, at top of screen Right-Hand Side is a place to enter information about yourself.
Original Entry route
First blue rectangle is how you purchase a path.
Second is how you change club or switch to be BCM (irrelevant for most)
Note well the third blue rectangle – this navigator has interesting information on Toastmasters.
This is NOT the same as the navigator in Basecamp which is about basecamp.
Club Officer’s tips to Help Starters
Newcomers to toastmasters must learn lots of new stuff compared to just being handed a manual to read. They must learn to log on to TI, get to pathways, choose a path & learn about basecamp. It is unsurprising that many members fail to start quickly, especially as many new officers are completing traditional projects and don’t have a good feel for pathways yet. We need to make it easier.
One solution is to have a local expert – a pathways Champion or Mentor, ideally who has reached level 3 at least… who can spend time with each new starter.
In the meantime, without a champion, another approach is:
Step 1. Give beginners a PDF of Navigator, Projects 1-3 in level 1 (all Paths are identical at this point) to peruse.
Step 2. Have a store at the club of all the evaluation forms at level 1.
Step 3. During their progress through level one gradually take them through the steps of logging on to Toastmasters.org, choosing a path, then finding their way in basecamp.
Then they will be able to stand alone ready to do Level 2 on their own.
Remind them to store their evaluations & feedback somewhere in a format convenient to them.
Explain to them that undertaking all roles – Ah-Counter, Timer, Grammarian, and Evaluators as well as being Toastmaster of the Meeting, gives them opportunities to learn to listen, speak to a live audience and practise leadership skills.
Explain to them that between speeches they are expected to undertake a role.
Tips for Basecamp Managers
If you receive an email from a colleague
Log in & change mode to BCM.
Look for requests to approve a level – & click to approve.
Validation – This can be a challenge as Basecamp doesn’t provide you with evidence so one way is to use your meeting system such as Easyspeak to track progress, but in the limit ask to see the member’s speech evaluations if in any doubt. [The Easyspeak team have used released a Pathways progress chart see subsection in this issue]
Many Officers may miss the Competent Leader (CL) manual as a means of motivating volunteers to take meeting roles and become contest chairs. It is true that Leadership projects arise differently in Pathways. However, the Competent Leader manual was never the decisive argument given how infrequently they were brought to meetings and worked from! Tanya Barad’s advice “I tell people not to look at the check box exercise but to look at the outside life skills, leading a competition, give them the opportunity to speak in a different capacity. Build experience for the club. Someone must do it or everyone in the club loses out. Why do us experienced people still do evaluations after the 100th time? Not for CL but to improve, to get a speaking opportunity and to support the members in the club“] Daniel Sandars
– stock up your club with Pathways ribbons and badges
By Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager
An open night (or Open House or Guest Night) highlights and engages an entire club and helps it grow. Open nights can have refreshments, decorations and a headliner speaker. They are an all-round fun night.
Remember there are additional incentives you can build on around your Open Night, such as an external PR event, a new PR channel or activity, or a Promotional Club Video See http://d71toastmasters.org/incentives/
Simply send your Open Night guest list, highlight those that joined, and tell me about the PR channels you used. They can be back dated to Open Nights held after the summer break from 1st September 2018 EMAIL ME
For Example: campus-based Cranfield Speakers (Division H) had a stall at two freshers fairs, did poster and leaflet drops around campus, created an Open Night event on Meetup and Facebook and gave additional social media publicity on Twitter and Instagram. They had 133 new inquiries of which 80 attended the open night and ten had joined within two months
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Division F is geographically quite large with the furthest apart clubs Galway and Mid-Ulster 264 kilometres (160 Miles) from one another which is also a four-hour drive. The division has 20 clubs several of which are rural and are aligned to five Areas. Divisional contests can be challenging due to the distances involved. Understandably as judges must not be from a competing club it can be difficult to persuade somebody to drive four hours to the contest, judge the contest and then spend 4 hours driving home again particularly in the winter. However, all the clubs are in gorgeous locations with wildly different scenery and interesting history so staying overnight is not a hardship. This year we had the Division F Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests in our newest club Loughrea, County Galway in Area 12. The International Speech and Evaluation contests will take place in Ballybofey, County Donegal in Area 04 on Saturday April the 13th.
Area 04 led by Area Director Ken McKenzie from the Foyle Speakers Club consists of four clubs: Talk on the Wilde Side, Talk Club, Foyle Speakers and Mid Ulster.
Area 9 led by Area Director Thérèse Kinahan from the Athlone Club consists of five clubs: Athlone, Cavan, Longford, Mullingar and Tullamore.
Area 12 led by Area Director Pat Coakley from the Galway Club consists of four clubs: Corrib, Galway, Loughrea and Tuam.
Area 27 led by Area Director Paul Gannon from the Westport Club consists of three clubs Ballina, Castlebar and Westport.
Area 38 led by Kevin McGill from the Carrick-on-Shannon Club consists of four clubs: Carrick-on-Shannon, Erne Speakers, Sligo and Sligo Public Speakers.
At the start of this year we had a realignment of clubs. The Loughrea Club chartered which meant that there were seven clubs in Area 12. It was decided to split Area 12 keeping the four Galway clubs in Area 12 and creating a new Area 27 for the three Mayo clubs. The old Area 12 was huge, and the new alignment is making Area Director visits and Area Competitions much easier.
This year is the first full year of Pathways and the Division’s main goal is to have at least one level 1 in each club and that person be an officer in next year in their club and be a pathways champion for their club. There is a clear co-correlation between the clubs that have embraced pathways in the division and club growth or decline. This makes sense since all new members joining after July have had to use Pathways as their educational program. Pathways appears complex when viewed in its totality. However, level one is very well thought out and easy to explain to new members. When they have completed level one they will have learnt what their existing skills are from doing an Icebreaker; learnt how to receive feedback and give a speech evaluation; learnt how to conduct research on a topic and use that to create a new speech. This is easier to explain than the old Competent Communicator and Leader programs. This is going to take a while to embed. The key is simplicity. Nobody in the past at their first meeting was told what exactly was involved in getting to a DTM and all the choices they would have to make along the way, given that at that stage they wouldn’t have known what a DTM was or why it was valued.
From Paul Gannon Area Director Area 27
Area 27 is the smallest area in the division with three clubs. Westport was chartered in 2003, Ballina was next and chartered in 2005, with our newest club, Castlebar, chartering in 2017. Toastmasters was not new to Castlebar as there was a club in Castlebar back in the 1980s and so it was wonderful to see some of the members in attendance from the original club on charter night.
For me as a local member it was a privilege to watch Toastmasters members from clubs in Galway, Ballina and Westport travel to Castlebar of their own volition, to demonstrate how a typical Toastmasters meeting is run. This was the spirit of Toastmasters in action, and Castlebar was extremely grateful to the members of the local clubs and to the Westport Club which sponsored the club and help them establish and charter.
As area director, this spirit continues to motivate me to give back as much as I have got from Toastmasters. It might be perceived as easy for me to be in regular contact with the officers in all three clubs in my area, as I have only three clubs to visit. However, the challenges faced in all three clubs are unique to them and keep me busy and engaged. It has been a privilege to serve as area director, and I have learned as much at club officer training as I have imparted.
Officers from Castlebar showing off their Banner. Donna Hyland, Tom Fahey, Alan Di Lucia, Maire Garvey, Leon Tunney-ware and Catriona Doyle.
Pat Coakley Area 12 Director
Area 12 incorporates four clubs in County Galway with 116 members and a combined 50 years club experience. This includes the Division’s most recent club, Loughrea, which chartered in the last year. As this would have entailed seven clubs in the Mayo-Galway area, this was divided into two. Loughrea has grown to a vibrant club with membership now at a healthy twenty-eight. Member numbers across the area cover a broad variety of ages and walks of life. Each club has its own distinctive flavour and style of meeting, but all are friendly and welcoming.
The area contest, hosted by Oranmore 10th November, showcased the skills of ten contestants in the Humorous and Table Topics contests. It was a measure of the high standards here that the two winners, Rob Partridge and Gerry McNulty, progressed through the next level, and are to represent Division F at the District contests in May.
Loughrea Club hosted the Division contests 24th November with attendees travelling from across the midlands and north.
Area 12 did a Schools outreach with eight students at Coláiste an Chreagáin conducting the Youth Leadership Programme, led by Frances Geoghegan, assisted by Sarah Hearty and James Linnane.
Toastmaster’s highest achievement, Distinguished Toastmaster was attained by Division Director Pat Croke of the Galway Club. Three other members in the area are working to achieve the DTM award over the coming year.
In Front Left to Right Frances Geoghegan Galway, James Linnane Tuam and Sarah Hearty Galway with their students.
Thérèse Kinahan Area 9 Director
Area 9 covers four midland counties; Cavan, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.
The oldest club in this region is Athlone. Members of this club were instrumental in starting the other clubs in the area as well as clubs in the west and north-west.
The current Area Director (AD) is from the Athlone Club and is the third consecutive AD from this club. Last year (2017-18), Athlone celebrated its 30th Anniversary, while also achieving President’s Distinguished. It’s an international club and during the past year has welcomed members from Ecuador, Brazil, Italy, India, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Portugal, Australia and South Africa.
The Assistant Area Director is currently serving as a coach to the Longford Club working with a past Area Director. Longford may be small, but the coaches have helped to increase membership and the standard of meetings is excellent.
Mullingar is the second largest town in Area 9 with a club which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017. This is a club with a strong core of experienced speakers and leaders. It continues to grow and to innovate. This club does PR very well, with articles in the newspapers after each meeting. Meetings are always fun.
Tullamore has not been a very large club during the past couple of years but has a steady membership. Tullamore hosted a joint meeting with Mullingar this month, as a return visit following the club’s visit to Mullingar club’s open night.
Our Northern Star is Cavan which shines so brightly and welcomes us all so warmly as they did for the January COT, with full attendance from their own club. Big thanks to Navan for all the work with Cavan which has seen this club grow and develop.
Doing the work of AD is only possible with the active support of club officers.
Date joined Toastmasters International: March 2013
Home Club: Walsall Speakers (Division E)
Served as a Walsall Speakers Club President for 2 years
Got to Division E Contest level in Humorous Speech Contest 2018
Walsall Speakers chartered in September 2018
Presented at Toastmasters events such as Better Speaker Series Days, Leadership Days and Club Officer Trainings
Conducted Youth Leadership project at a local Junior School, which was a success
Why I joined Toastmasters?
In 2012 I started my new job and the role entailed a lot of speaking in the forms of training, speaking to customers internal and external. It was early on in my career and I froze while conducting a training session in front of 50+ people. I felt like I had failed myself and felt nervous knowing I would have to conduct more training sessions! One of my colleagues asked if I had a Toastmasters club near me, she really boasted about the fantastic experience she had with toastmasters and mentioned if I could find a club and try it out it might help me at work! I felt like a ray of hope had hit me and maybe this is what I had needed to do to get myself back on track!
I went to visit Heart of England Club in December 2012 and became a member in March 2013. The members were so welcoming and encouraging and just the environment I needed!
How has toastmasters helped me?
Toastmasters was a life saver for me, it has been like a springboard of opportunities. Since joining Toastmasters, I have run many training sessions at work, had plenty of interactions with clients and have been kindly promoted 3 times in the last 6 years, I always asked the reason for promotion and always ask what can I do better? I was told it was the skills I have obtained in being able to lead, being confident taking a task and running with it and having the ability to explain the same thing in different ways. All these skills came from being a committed Toastmaster and practice makes perfect!
Outside work I feel as though I have found my voice, I practise Tae Kwon Do and in the years of being a Toastmaster I finally plucked up the courage to become an instructor and without Toastmasters, I would not have been able to lead classes on my own.
My aim now is to do the Area Director role, gaining my DTM award and helping others achieve their goals. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing others progress and being the best versions of themselves!
What are you most proud of about your Toastmasters club?
I am currently the President of Walsall Speakers. There are so many things I am so proud of with this club I don’t think I can limit it to just one! We recently chartered in September 2018 and it was such an achievement and commitment from the club committee to get the word out there and get us finally on the map! Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and the vibe is so amazing every time we meet! I always leave with a positive energy wanting to achieve so much more!
Mohammed Raza Khan
Date joined Toastmasters International: November 2013
Home Club: Hertfordshire Speakers (Division H)
Helped in dealing with C’ level people (Chief Level e.g. Chief Financial Officer) and gained the confidence to deliver a presentation which brings business to the company.
Invited to deliver two keynotes at Cambridge University on Emotional Intelligence and Multitasking
Why I joined Toastmasters?
While working in the IT industry, I got the opportunity to speak in front of 200 people in Belgium on a technology problem. The presentation did not go as planned, but that gave me the motivation to learn more about public speaking and gain confidence. Eventually, I attended a Toastmaster meeting in Bristol. Later I move back to Hatfield, and that is where I joined Hertfordshire Speakers, and since then I have never looked back.
How has Toastmasters helped me?
Since joining Toastmasters, my confidence has improved tremendously, due to the valuable feedback I have received from club members. I see clearly what works and what doesn’t
Learning to track my time, construct a concise message and control my filler words and getting valuable feedback has helped with my efforts to learn public speaking and gain confidence in delivering speeches.
My colleagues, friends, peers, and staff now come to me for advice on how to improve their confidence and increase their presentation skills. I advise them to join Toastmasters to practise speaking in front of an audience and to develop their stories and story-telling abilities. Public speaking is a significant way to establish credibility and attract clients.
What are you most proud of about your Toastmasters club?
My club offers a supportive environment and an atmosphere where I feel safe. Members like Elizabeth Jordon, Bob Ferguson, Jillian Haslam and Davina Malcolm are friendly, committed, organised and willing to help, and they are great story-tellers. Sometimes we meet outside the club for special celebrations. It is great being a member.
“Toastmasters (Hertfordshire) offers a secure & supportive environment and an atmosphere I enjoy—I feel safe there.”
Date Joined Toastmasters International: October 2018
Home Club Northampton Speakers (Division H)
Elected Vice President of Public Relations January 2019
Why I joined Toastmasters?
Almost two years ago I read an article in a newspaper about Toastmasters. I had previously imagined them to be a stuffy guild for the kind of Toastmaster you see at posh weddings – how wrong I was.
I was looking for ways to improve my confidence, having been in the same job for the previous 17 years and therefore rusty on interview techniques! I had even turned down the offer of presenting a piece of work at a National developer conference – potentially a significant career boost – because I was petrified of the very idea. Meeting more local people was also a priority; having commuted an hour each way for those 17 years, I knew very few people in my home town.
How has toastmasters helped me?
It took almost a year for me to pluck up the courage to go along to a meeting and, when I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was interesting, fun and everyone was very friendly. I noticed how supportive they all were and decided to go along, as a guest, some more. At each meeting I was asked to talk about my experience, and I spoke first time – for a full 15 seconds – from my seat. The next time I was invited to the front to do the same and, slowly with all that support and applause, I gained confidence.
When I joined, and gave my first speech, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it! I may not be good at it… yet… and am still very nervous, but I do enjoy public speaking. Now, if asked to give a speech at a national conference, I would no longer run away screaming.
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