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Toastmasters modernizes its program with Pathways

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Toastmasters International, the world leader in developing communication and leadership skills, has launched the Pathways learning experience. The launch marks the first complete redesign of Toastmasters' education program since the organization was founded in 1924.

Toastmasters is recognized globally for empowering individuals to develop and improve their public speaking and leadership skills through local club meetings offering practice, evaluation and mentoring. Pathways builds on that foundation by helping members build the competencies they need to communicate and lead in a range of situations.

Highlighted by interactive, customized and flexible learning, Pathways offers expanded skill development and competencies that users can apply in their careers, personal lives and in the community. Since the launch of the Pathways program last year, users have leveraged the skills learned through the program to advance their careers. And employers around the world are using Pathways as an inexpensive option to retain their employees and enhance the skills of their workforce.

This is the first complete redesign of Toastmasters' education program in the organization's 94-year history. Toastmasters' board of directors called for the education program to be revitalized with a renewed focus on leadership learning, competencies that have immediate real-world applicability and online accessibility. After extensive research, Toastmasters created Pathways, offering contemporary skills that can be applied in a variety of practical settings.

Pathways program highlights include:

• 10 different learning paths to choose from;

• More than 14 projects in each path;

• Five core competencies (public speaking, interpersonal communication, management, strategic leadership and confidence);

• More than 300 unique competencies;

• Content available online and in print materials.

Pathways remains consistent with the original vision of Ralph Smedley, Toastmasters founder, and maintains what members love about the organization, which is the supportive Toastmasters club experience.

Toastmaster's redesign is flexible, competency-rich and meets the demands of a contemporary workforce. Members are able to apply the communication and leadership skills they are building in their personal as well as professional lives.

To learn more for your personal or professional growth and/or to help your employees gain skills and confidence visit a local Toastmaster Club meeting. This will give you an opportunity to see Toastmasters in action and get your questions answered. In Delta, Black Canyon Voices meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at First Colorado National Bank, 150 Gunnison River Drive.Montrose Toastmasters meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Centennial Meeting Room, 433 S. 1st Street.

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