Friday, 25 May 2018

How pathways was created: introduction

Arlene, from Florida, an excellent VP PR for Firebirds Collective online club, created three different posters for every week meeting. 

She posts them in different time and different places, and at the end, adds all three one after the other. I could observe her at work when I was the Toastmaster of the Meeting, last Sunday, during the first "after Pathways launch meeting". I was offered this role, as a year ago, I was the first to introduce Pathways and later give speech from Pathways project. As well encourage toastmasters from this club to go far their way, and begin Pathways by becoming also members of an already Pathways district, remote access. 

We discussed details, she changed again and again, with an infinite patience As on one of the posters, the photo of the TMoM appears with the theme and a special saying. 
We had a very special guest, for this special meeting, Pat Johnson, past International President and leader of more then 200 Learning Masters with whom they created the new Pathways Education system.

She told us the tale of those days, when all was torn down and nothing yet sure, and how they decided to WHOM the new Education Program will be addressed. " 5 different Personas". Tomorrow, I will publish the whole speech together with questions and answer session which made us understand even better not only how Pathways was created, but what part she and the Learning Masters, different Toastmasters from all over the word, new and veterans, young and old, different professions discussing the new education program, for years.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

100,000 Paths registered!

100,000 paths registered, a great responsibility comes with it. And now, all regions rolled out. Many clubs have already Pathways champions!
Still a long way to go but it is a great milestone, indeed.

As for this blog, surpassed 55,000 page views.

Today, I finished my communication style project, with a story and explaining how and why we all, at Witty Storyteller ps Online, love to tell stories. Stories evoke, stitch and linger. 6th of those Path are mine, and this is not the first time I pass through this project. But so much to tell

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Archived by mistake? Getting rid of clutter?

Let me answer today to two different, yet related questions from the Pathways Forum.

1. "I archived my Path by mistakes, now what?"
2. "Opened too many online classes, beside my path, how I get rid of the clutter"?

Almost any way I go in, nowadays after login to TMI i get this. Then, I login as Member and get "inside the Base Camp, and see this.
There is also another "my educational transcript under it open to the last work perhaps, but best go in, opening the "My Educational Transcript".

Here, where I added an oval and not there at the burgundy with same title. 

At least if you want to change anything and have control of what you see.

After opening the "My Education Transcript" Blue tile, you can see this:
Read carefully what is written, not like me, then pay attention at the three possibilities offered below. First is for changing from Active, Completed or Archived. Sorted all by different criteria. The third is why type you want to see?

Easy way to "clean up" what you see is to choose Active and Curriculum, only your path is there then suddenly, all the online classes are not visible. Experiment with it!

Now to answer to the questions "I Archived my current path! now what"? Choose the Archived instead of active, and hold the Path title (not the launch) - even if an archived you can launch and see. But we want to retransfer it into the ACTIVE paths.
I went to my Archived Types, there are all these and I choose Curriculum. Can of course re-activate any other type too.
That is what I found in my Archived Curriculum. As I did not want to see my Printed Path any more, I went to transfer back to Active my Pathways Mentor Program. I had to choose the title, instead of Open Curriculum, or click on the square near it. 
It opened the "Transcript" and I could click on activate: I added for this post a rectangle around it, upper right corner. That is all it took, to transfer the Mentor Program (and any other I would have wanted) from Archived to Active.

Here it is now, between my Active Curriculum (paths) even if it is not a path but an equivalent. 

As you see, I have three Active Paths, now. They are at different Levels.

Dynamic Leadership, DL is at Level 5 and it will be for some time still. 

Motivational Strategies, MS is now at Level 2 and I am preparing, as I wrote yesterday, the "my communication style". Yesterday, I made a research on google, and I found a lot of conflicting material. I also found a great TED talk, that explained that what it really matters is to Reflect on our styles and how we use them.

The pathways Guide Tasks, I will have to Archive, just not yet. As to the Pathways Mentor Program, soon I will send back to where it was where it can wait for me, when I am ready to tackle or get interested in it again. For the moment, Mentoring was not much for me. In is long time, and as for now, I am preoccupied by being a Guide. And an Ambassador. And at the side, preparing some new Motivational Strategy speeches, and perhaps giving another Research and Presenting speech, best then last time. Letting settle all I read about the chosen subject. 

I hope, this post helps to answer the questions, and those who some of you may have.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

My communication style? Sharing through stories.

A year ago! In two days, we will have our first "after pathways rollout" in our club, the Witty storytellers online, but here is is "live on Facebook," about the our first all Pathways meeting at Witty Storytellers Online has "A special pathways discovery meeting"! By Misako Yoko.

Cherished memories! Live on Facebook, the first time, our seargeant-at-arms with passion.

I am still learning to speak on video alone, not the same when I have audience. I do love communicating, but with someone there, someone I can see. 

I have begun the nth time the project My Communication Style. Every time the same style comes on top for me: Storytelling. It is called "Initiating" style by Pathways.

So it is natural, that I love interacting with others and sharing my stories. Or the stories heard from my family. I like to have time to express my opinions, and of course feelings, too.

When in a meeting, someone from another style, let us say "Direct" tells me "Julie, get to the point" she does not understand that this is my style of communicating. The Direct style person wants short the others only Facts, but that is not how I can communicate. 

From adolescence, I learned that when I give an advice wrapped in a story it works a lot better. My best friend did not listen to my advice, till told inside a tale.

As much as I have to adopt my style of communicating, depending of the situation and whom I address, perhaps, they could understand also my style? 

Of course, it is true both ways!. In this slide, we are also suggested to go farther and research some of the other things written about Communication Styles. I will have to do it again, as last year. Perhaps, I discover yet something else. 

I am convinced that it is a good thing to make us repeat some specific projects again and again, we do understand it on another level.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Pathways, designed for whom?

Different ages
Pat Johnson with the 250 Learning Masters for years studied what Learning Toastmasters need, now, with modern times. 

They did decide on 5 different Personas.
1. The new professional, student, needing new skills to cope. 
2. The mid manager, to practice and learn skills.
3. The senior retired who want to continue developing, learning.
4. The professional speaker needing feedback in a Toastmasters club.
5. The toastmasters whose English is 2nd, 3rd or 4th language.

Are you any of those? 
Different professions and mother languages
But also that it should apply for different professions, from students, workers, leaders. Different age groups and cultures around the world too.

As for me, you could put me in the 4th and 5th category. 
Different kind of work
The most important is that Pathways was not build to just one category, but with multiple different "population" or future or existing members in mind. 
Different mother languages
Most important, of course, that is for sure not only designed for one "kind" of members or group. Yes, it is easier perhaps for young, used to work almost all day with computers, or like my grand daughter to hop on to google when she is asked a questions, anytime she looks for an answer, but well, not only my case but others at my age who begun after retirement, we can learn and have a lot pleasure from it too. 

It could be we do have some problems at the beginning, my son or grand-daughter would not have, but once we understand, no problem. He had to show me how to open my window for the whole screen and tell my browser, Safari in my case, to open a new tab with every link I clicked on. Then a window would not hide another and I also did not have to stretch each time my project to see the arrows. 
Toastmasters like tomatoes come in different shapes and forms. Diversity is normal.
Whichever category we are in, we can learn how to avoid what bothers us, or, get used, look forward and enjoy the ride.