Toastmasters to start ‘Pathways’ program

Anne Myers

More than 1,300 Toastmasters members in Hawaii will start a new program in September called “Pathways,” which has 250 competencies compared to the current 68. In a news release, the Toastmasters board of directors said it needed to modernize the communication track that hasn’t been updated since the 1970s.

Anne Myers, chief ambassador of Pathways in Hawaii, has been working with Toastmasters International since April 2015 and “has been instrumental in the rollout for Hawaii,” said Rose Kirland, district director of District 49 Toastmasters. “She is so excited and happy that Hawaii is among the first districts to roll out this September.”

According to the Toastmasters International website, Pathways will be valuable to all 332,000 members nationwide because the learning experience will be tailored to each person’s professional and personal goals.

There will also be new technological resources that will be able to support meeting roles as well as improve speeches. The recognition of educational achievements will also be awarded earlier and more often then before.

There are 10 paths, which include motivational strategies, presentation mastery, leadership development, innovative planning, visionary communication, strategic relationships, dynamic leadership, persuasive influence, effective coaching and team collaboration.