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The Why of Pathways

"Start with Why" -- Simon Sinek

Written by Z Co 09 December 2017

Pathways was introduced to cope with:

  1. Globalization
  2. Advancing Technologies
  3. Change in the way we learn

Toastmasters adopted Pathways to revitalize the education program instead of revising the communication and leadership program that has been around since the 1970's. We have been in an era of laptops, tablets, smartphones, social media, MOOCs and other forms of online education, and cloud computing for years now and was about time for Toastmasters to come up with an education program relevant to the 21st century. Prior to launching of Pathways in 2017, The Toastmasters board in 2015 had legalized  online attendance to what was previously limited to physically in-person clubs. TI also opened the gates to 100% online clubs in 2016. This has made it possible to have club members from several countries. Businesses that have offices and customers that span the globe and personnel-that-travel should benefit from this.

This club currently has members from Australia, England, Finland, Germany, HongKong, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates or UAE so having members from several nations is not limited to global corporations. The advances particularly in digital communications technology and user experience design has made the online experience almost as good or as good, if not better, than physically in-person clubs. Technical support to Pathways users is done almost 100% online with the same app for online meetings. Pathways has also introduced digital platforms that are in use to communicate with an audience--blogging, podcasting, social media and webinars. We now have access to a global audience as we are no longer limited to the physical stage.

Just like the Internet has changed some of the ways we shop, online education has changed the face of education. It may be the greatest revolution of today. You can learn whatever you want. Thousands of courses are offered online. Go to Coursera, Lynda, or Udemy to see what's out there. Toastmasters had to keep up. The difference is that Toastmasters offers a blended learning environment. Take classes or elearning modules online, work your projects and deliver presentations onsite or online LIVE! The high-touch of having classmates as your live audience is very much present.

Public Speaker or Communicator

A contest speech delivered August 12, 2017

Written by Z Co 10 November 2017

People say they come to Toastmasters to learn public speaking. I take a broader perspective and say we come here to learn to communicate as public speaking is a mere subset of communication.

Long before I joined Toastmasters I was working in the communications industry selling phones to businesses, BPOs, and call centers. Since I was in the communications business, I had to demonstrate credibility by responding quickly to all communications be it by landline, cellphone, text, and email and to the point I had to confirm receipt of my messages particularly with text, email, and fax. To make sure I connected, not merely blurting out words.

Then I joined Toastmasters. In Toastmasters I learned via public speaking communication principles that helped me connect better, close multi-million peso sales, and the one I love most--closing memberships in Toastmasters especially if the member is pretty.

The last time I spoke in public formallyoutside Toastmasters was in a eulogy back in 2012. I dread public speaking as I hate to see my friends go.

We communicate everyday. But some Toastmasters don't seem to apply communication principles outside of public speaking.

Take these example from a club in Facebook, "life isn't waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain while having fun ... stay safe and dry." A case of someone merely blurting out words and not noticing the conflicting messages. Not getting to the point.

In our basic speech #4, we're told to avoid cliches. How often do you hear or read this? "Come to our meeting for some learning and fun." This phrase had become a staple in some clubs. Sometimes they change it up by saying "come to our meeting for some fun and learning" Mere inversion of words.

And how would you present your Toastmasters club elegantly in pictures to prospective members? Some clubs post a lot of selfies. Sending out a message they're having a narcissism festival and not a Toastmasters meeting.

The last example is a text exchange. "I would like to invite you to our club induction and anniversary for 500 pesos." The ticket was overpriced. He failed on logos or the logic of it. They had an unknown keynote speaker. He failed on pathos to stir emotion, and lastly this person seemed trying to pull a fast one trying to recoup his costs as when I replied "regrets." He then asked me to invite my clubmates. There goes his ethos.

Evidently, there are Toastmasters who are not getting the full value of joininf Toastmasters. All of us communicate everyday. let's apply the principles of our Competent Communication manual in our everyday communication. And keep score with the times we connect. That's how we evaluate. TO me, Toastmasters or communications for that matter is like a sport. As in closing sales or membership, especially of pretty girls. And getting one of them to say yes. And more importantly Toastmasters or communication is a way of life

Is Ignorance the Problem?

Or they simply don't care?

Written by Super User 07 May 2015

It's nice to think that the reason that people don't do what you need them to do, or conform to your standards, or make good choices is simply that they don't know enough.

After all, if that's the case, all you'll need to do is inform them, loudly and clearly.

 

So, that employee who shows up late: just let her know that being late isn't allowed. Threaten to fire her. That'll do it.

 

The thing is, ignorance is rarely the problem.

 

The challenge is that people don't always care about what you care about. And the reason they don't care isn't that they don't know what you know.

 

The reason is that they don't believe what you believe.

 

The challenge, then, isn't to inform them. It's to engage and teach and communicate in a way that shares emotion and values and beliefs.

Devices for Online Attendance

Written by Super User 12 November 2017

Here is a list of devices we used to facilitate online attendance for our online meetings:

  • Logitech C920 webcam
  • Audio Technica ATR-3500 condenser microphone
  • Black (cdr-king) bluetooth speaker
  • Logitech H111 headset with noise-cancelling mic
  • Globe LTE device (Huawei) for Internet connection
  • Smart LTE device (AsiaTelco AKA Evoluzn) for backup Internet connection

In addition we just used an Asus X455LF laptop (i3 processor) as device host and an Android-based Asus ZenFone 2 Laser as secondary and roving camera. Whenever any remote attendee has to speak, we project the video.

Online Attendance Option

Now you can be from anywhere to be a guest or a member

Written by Z Co 09 November 2017

The Emperor Mandarin Toastmasters Club successfully launched its online attendance option in last night's meeting. We are actually the very first club in the Philippines to do so ever since its approval by the Toastmasters board back in 2015. Apart from our physically-in-person attendees, we had two online attendees--one from Tagaytay City, a resort town south of Manila, and another from Germany who delivered her speech that was projected on the big screen and had subsequent verbal evaluation. For more pictures, visit our Facebook album. Here is an FAQ on online attendance. We provide another online option in our 100% online club which is on pre-charter but already operating. It is currently building up membership and targetting an April 2018 charter date. What's the difference between the two? Slightly different crowd and one is Pathways-enabled.

Setting up an online attendance option was not without obstacles. We had to experiment with various devices and come up with an optimal solution that reduces setup time and failure points and also at minimal cost. We had to wrestle with various choices in devices and 4G/LTE Internet providers as we do not have in-house Internet. The equipment, devices and setup will be the subject our next blog post.

For those in districts where Pathways has not been rolled out yet and those in geographically unserved areas, our club is open to YOU for membership. Email us or message us in Facebook.

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