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Anam Cara: turning point!

Reality bites sometimes when you least expect it. You know you have something to offer and you know you can make a difference in someone’s life! You have life experience; you have skills and knowledge; and you  have the drive to lead others. You have the capacity to pick yourself up and follow your goals. BUT, sometimes that small voice inside your head keeps holding you back!

That has been my story for the last six months – I am my own worst enemy!

Planning ahead for a successful method of earning a passive income seemed to be within my grasp. I had my tools of trade, my writing and instructional design skills, and I set out to make a difference for a few others who wanted to tell stories of significant others. I spent several months writing my ecourse and polishing the content early in 2019. I knew that I had something that would appeal to many people, especially family historians. I knew that I needed to get the message out there to entice them to look at my ecourse; and I did know how to follow the instructions for developing and launching a course. I knew the importance of trialing a course and getting the feedback from trusted participants; colleagues and students who would tell me straight, what worked and what needed refinement.

All of that was put in place midway through the year and I was encouraged by the way in which my triallers embraced the course and fulfilled all of the requirements for completion. Later I was empowered by their feedback and their support; and their willingness to share.

I knew that I needed to engage groups of people with presentations about my course, both face to face and online; but nothing really came of those in tangible ways. I had failed to learn how to market my presentations, my course and my business; and to build a client base that would sustain a passive income goal. No money to pay for such learning about marketing and I was right back at the beginning. Oh such a subtle slide backwards!

Challenge after challenge was put in my path this year to refine and then publish the course ready for new learners. The life got in the way; family illness and loss held me back – I lost some of my drive and those goals languished in my self pity. Goals I had written on my drawing board were covered over and left unnoticed for many weeks. None of my family history stories had been updated in months and I had given up my subscriptions to genealogy sites I could no longer afford. Even my blog posts had dwindled to small contributions and then completely dried up.

Social media sites I had built and invited others to join were neglected and left to decay! Followers I had attracted and colleagues I had nurtured were being ignored!

By October I was convinced that my dream was nothing but a fantasy and that I should focus on concrete actions to earn money the hard way. Nothing seemed to give me hope – to remind me of my own goals – and I retreated – telling myself I had no energy and nothing left to give. I found other things to fill my time; little tasks, reports and obligations to others. My own plans were frozen in time. My ideas were no longer being noted and written into my forward planning and I lost my way.

For many months I had felt like my life was adrift with no real purpose and I lacked guidance to bring myself back on track. Not one reading of my beloved Runes had taken place since early this year. I had even failed to call on my soul friend (‘mo Anam Cara’) for solace and guidance. Not even one solitary piece of poetry had arisen from these black days! Had my mind gone on sabbatical? Some days were more difficult than others; often it took much more effort to get out of bed and I could easily drift into the early morning with nothing to show for my time. No one knew of this internal anguish as I kept my mask on around others. My life was not punctuated by massive health issues or life impacting events such as those I was observing around me – life for me, had simply become beige.

Then an epiphany – I realized that I needed to tell my own story and get back on the drawing board. I had listened to the stories of others in their speeches, podcasts, movies and books – people like me who are doing the best they can with what they have – and finally the penny dropped! My own thoughts were depressing my talents; my own self talk was destroying my confidence and my indolent, lazy self had taken over rendering my days into meaningless nothingness.

I pieced together all the messages into an awakening; messages I was receiving through my disturbing dreams, the type of books I was reading and the style of movies I was surfing through. Dreams that focused on the ‘many rooms in my house’ (the pieces of me) teaching me how to get out of danger or retrieve what was mine – were the catalyst for this awakening. I was seeking a new path a new goal!

Something must be changed! That change has to come from within; a change to sweep away the negativity, the poor me attitude and the lack of self confidence. I need to redeem my drive and I need a new goal! I need to write, I need time to write and I need my writing to mean something to me and to others. I need to carve out specific time for that writing and to heed that other inner voice that is finally getting loud enough to be heard.

Self worth is such a fragile thing – easily tattered by odd black thoughts and becomes inert by self doubt. We often seek out distraction from other peoples stories to bury our own.

What am I writing about here? I am sharing my resolve to pick up the pieces and to navigate forward on a new trajectory!

I am inspired by great writers, great producers and great speakers! I can transform my next journey as they have done! I can write my stories from a new perspective – I can set them in the future and use my future awakening to rewrite the past!

Anam Cara: turning point!

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Episode 2: Seven Essential Ingredients

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In Episode 1 we considered how to choose the story to tell; who it is about, its scope and why it is important to tell.

Our families have roots that stretch back in time to other places and other dimensions – the past lives of our ancestors have had their impact on us. Family History is made up of the myriad of stories of individuals in our family tree and it is from these stories that we get a true sense of ‘who we think we are’.

In Episode 2 we consider the essential ingredients for your story!

Digital Storytelling Tips:

Episode 2: Seven Essential Ingredients

These 7 essential ingredients were developed by Joe Lambert from the StoryCenter, the continuing education facility for digital storytelling around the world. Your storytelling success will be enhanced by including them in your story.

  1. Point of View
  2. Dramatic Question
  3. Emotional Content
  4. Authentic Voice
  5. Soundtrack
  6. Pacing
  7. Economy

Storytellers you can learn the art of Digital Storytelling Online through this self-paced course and collaborate with other participating storytellers. Take advantage of the special price for the next 10 enrolled participants.

Join the growing community of enthusiastic digital storytellers in social media and learn from other family historians at Digital Storytelling Community

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Episode 1: How to choose your story?

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Digital Storytelling Online helps you to create a Digital Story including voice recordings, a storyboard of digitized memorabilia and the combination of both into an oral history video using simple software.

Digital Storytelling Tips!

Episode 1: How to choose your story?

In this episode I help you to answer these framing questions!

  1. Who or what is your story about?
  2. What is the scope of your story?

Do you want to learn how to draft your story?

Storytellers you can learn the art of Digital Storytelling Online through this self-paced course and collaborate with other participating storytellers. Take advantage of the special price for the next 10 enrolled participant.s

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Digital Storytelling Tips

Are you a family history storyteller? Do you tell digital stories of your ancestors? Where do those stories come from? How do you create and share them?

My aim this month is to provide five specialist tips for your digital storytelling projects!

  • Episode 1: How to choose your story?
  • Episode 2: How to create your script?
  • Episode 3: How to record your narrative?
  • Episode 4: How to prepare your slide deck?
  • Episode 5: How to create your digital story?

Let’s set the background for these tips in context!

I am a keen family history storyteller and I love creating and sharing the stories of my ancestors with my family, my followers and my learners.

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My stories document the lives of my ancestors and family members who have passed on. I am speaking about the dead, not the living. The stories may have impact on the living but are not directly about them.

My Allery family have Celtic roots with connections in England and Wales. I am married to a Scot, and his McCulloch family have connections in Scotland. To date I have not found any links to clan members in Ireland; but that may unfold as I do my family history research.

I created the Digital Storytelling Online course this year to help others to create their stories. This was developed in response to requests for digital storytelling learning in local communities, and here is their feedback:

Pauline Wilson: I really enjoyed this course and was able to create a complete  digital story through this process. There was an amazing range of resources!

Kathleen Zarubin: Excellent! Fantastic overview of the process and the requirements. Great information and examples included!”

You may wish to complete this Online Quiz to see if this type of learning is right for you!

If your appetite is whetted, you can now view the first set of lessons free and decide then if you wish to enrol in the whole course. The DST Online course is accessible here!

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Pathways Updates Podcast: Episode 1

Base Camp Changes

Members will now be able to view projects in all Levels in their Path.

Listen to a summary of this change in Episode 1 of the Pathways Updates Podcast below.

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Want to know more? View the recording of this Zoom session:
Base Camp Updates: Impact, Implications and Insights
Episode 13: Tuesday Talks n’ Tips on September 24/25.
https://youtu.be/ic7fVa5rCOM

Tuesdays at 7 pm PDT
Wednesdays at 12 noon AEDT

Details and RSVP available at the
Pathways Discussion Forum events.

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Breaking News: Base Camp Updates

UPDATES TO BASE CAMP: You can now view the projects in every level.

An explanatory email was sent to club Presidents, VP Education and Secretaries on September 12.

“Currently, members can only see the projects associated with the level they are on in their path. This change will allow members to view all projects in their current path. Please note that while you will be able to view all projects, the projects themselves have not changed and still build in complexity. While we are starting with English, we are working to extend this change to all languages we support for all online paths by the end of the month.”

Example from Carole’s Transcript: Level 5 project view-able prior to completion of Level 4

The process to approve levels has not changed. Each level will still need to be approved by a Base Camp manager, and approval of all five levels will allow members access to their final project: “Reflect on Your Path.” Once Level 5 has been approved, members can submit a request for their entire path to be approved by the Base Camp manager. As soon as that request is approved, the path will be complete.

Example from a Transcript: ‘Reflect on Your Path’ project now separate

“Awards will still need to be submitted in Club Central. Path progress will still need to be submitted in order—for example, you will not be able to submit Level 2 completion before Level 1.  As a reminder, progress in Base Camp will still need to be approved in Club Central to receive credit.”

Example of Submission of Education Awards at Club Central

“This update also comes with a revised Member Progress Report for Base Camp managers. The Individual Progress report will be updated to display all projects in progress or completed, by level. Instead of showing how many members are working in each level, this report will now show how many members are working in or have completed each project within a level. To see which members are in each project, simply select “View Details.”

Example of progress in Carole’s club: Base Camp Manager view

“We hope these changes make for an easier learning experience for all members.  If you haven’t already, please watch this screencast outlining the recently updated onboarding process for new members.”

THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST BEST NEWS IN THE PROGRESS OF OUR PATHWAYS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IS SURE TO PLEASE MANY TOASTMASTERS!

Scroll to the bottom of the FAQ page for Pathways to access the new FAQ on the Latest Updates to Base Camp.

 

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Pathways Orientation

What would you include in a Pathways Orientation for Toastmasters just beginning their journey in Pathways?

This is a question that arises often in Pathways Training sessions and this week I have been thinking about what to include. On the one hand it would be best not to overwhelm with too many printed items. On the other hand it would be practical to include a variety of resources to suit the learning styles of your members. Some like to watch video tutorials in their own time; others like to attend face-to-face hands-on training sessions and others want access to resources on a ‘help yourself’ basis.

pathways orientationThere are three initial things that a Toastmaster will be considering for their orientation:

  1. How to get started with Pathways Online!
  2. How to identify and achieve personal goals!
  3. How to choose a Path that meets those goals!

My first recommendation is to instruct the Toastmaster to access Toastmasters.org and review the Pathways Learning Experience.

My second recommendation is to ensure that the Toastmaster can login at Toastmasters International and access their personal profile page to perform these tasks:

  • view The Navigator
  • choose a New Path
  • go to Base Camp
  • edit contact information and privacy

My recommendation for running an introduction workshop on Pathways is to present these slides from Michael Clancy on Pathways Commitment.

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Or watch the recording of his presentation here: https://sites.google.com/view/d73guide/video-tutorials 

Share with the group these slides from George Marshall, D57 and distribute this one page handout that displays the required projects for each Path.

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My recommendation for things to include in a Pathways Orientation Kit are as follows:

Copy of the Icebreaker Project

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Pathways-Companion-Guide-V2  

My recommendation for things to include as the Toastmaster makes progress in their Path:

Pathways Resource Flier from D73 Pathways Coordinator

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For ongoing, just-in-time training and networking with other international Pathways enthusiasts you could also recommend Toastmasters to attend or review any of the regularly scheduled Pathways one-hour webinars called Tuesday Talks n’ Tips. This series of events is hosted by Global Trainers Online and represents a plethora of easy to access information, collaboration and presentation from several international Pathways Champions. Look for the recordings here: https://sites.google.com/view/d73guide/pathways-talkstips 

For other short video tutorials (15-30 mins) you can access the D73 Team Pathways videos here: https://sites.google.com/view/d73guide/video-tutorials

 

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Shape up for Pathways Excellence

A positive approach!

Pathways is our Educational system and it provides opportunities and challenges for the experienced and new Toastmasters. I believe that a majority of clubs in Australia have embraced Pathways well and are steaming ahead. We are ensuring that each District has a Pathways ‘leader’ to help promote and support Pathways experiences, and in my District we schedule monthly Pathways focussed online workshops.

How is your District travelling? Do you still have some clubs who are reluctant participants in the Pathways program? Do you need some help in motivating them?

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This blog post will focus on ‘How you can shape up your members and create more Pathways Stars?’

Step 1: Check your Pathways Adoption Rates!

You can do this by accessing the data calculated by Toastmasters International in this Pathways Adoption Rates tool. Select your District and then filter on Division and Area to find your specific data. This will give you a base line from which you can plan for further Pathways adoption in your club.  For example here are the results for my Area N29 in D73:
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As you begin the process Pathways Mentoring you can then drill down into the details of progress for each of your members:

Step 2: Challenge your members to plan ahead for speaking opportunities!

At the base level of any Toastmasters club is the club meeting in which we provide opportunities for our speakers to practice, grow and develop their speaking and evaluating skills. Speaking is still the core competence of the Pathways Education Program! However, in some Districts it seems that Toastmasters are unhappy with Pathways.

Here is a summary of what I learned from Trish Blackwelder’s stellar presentation for the Tuesday Talks n’ Tips sessions for Pathways.  Here is the full length presentation.

Trish B is the D3 Pathways Chair in Phoenix, Arizona and has completed her Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM) five times in the Legacy program.

Trish B sets out to unpack the following questions that she hears often from those Toastmasters who are unhappy with Pathways.

Why did we need to change?
Her first response is to emphasise the need for change – an evolution in the effectiveness of the Toastmasters Educational program for the 21st century. Trish suggests that we also guide our members to those things that are still in our Toastmasters program and are familiar to us. For example the five core competencies: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Strategic Leadership, Management & Confidence.

Pathways Leader at D18, Karen Storey, DTM, displays these core competencies at her website for Pathways.

Trish B emphasises the need to share an overview of the alignment of each Path in relation to the emphasis on these core competencies. This useful Pathways_Assist_PathsByCoreEmphasis document gives the alignment at a glance.

Lead Pathways Guide at D62, Lori Haynes DTM, provides this useful one page flier displaying a list of all Paths.
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Trish B suggests that new and existing Toastmasters alike will benefit from an opening conversation about their aspirations and reasons for joining Toastmasters culminating in a strong recommendation for the specific Path that will suit them best.

George Marshall provided a very useful set of slides ‘How to Pick a Path’ to help all Toastmasters understand which Paths focus on Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication and which ones focus on Leadership both Strategic and Managerial.) How-to-Pick-a-Path-3-SSTM-by-George-Marshall 

Why do I need to repeat the projects in Levels 1 and 2 for each Path?
Trish B reiterates the preference of some Toastmasters for the projects from the Competent Communicator manual- their sequential skill building focus being ideal for new speakers. Trish B reminds us that Nine of the Ten base level skills for Public Speaking are incorporated in each of the Paths in Pathways and are presented at different levels in the Paths.

Note: the tenth project from the CC manual, ‘Persuasive Speaking’ is only included in the Presentation Mastery Path.

Trish B offers a great tip for enthusing Toastmasters on the value of repeating the Icebreaker speech, as an example of how we can analyse the growth in our own speaking skills. She says: “the Icebreaker from my first CC manual was nothing like the Icebreaker I completed in my 17th CC manual”. Trish B suggests that a seasoned Toastmaster can be more innovative in their later Icebreakers to reveal more information about themselves.

To ‘spice things up a little’, Trish B also recommends that repeating a Path can bring out new opportunities to stretch the skills of Public Speaking or Leadership, by selecting different electives in the second or third time round a Path.

Lori Haynes, Lead Pathways Guide at District 62 provides this neat one page flier displaying a list of all electives at Levels 3, 4 and 5.
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Step 3: Encourage your members to plan ahead for Leadership Projects!

Rose Oosthuysen DTM from D112, and VP Membership for Ablaze Advanced Online Club, provides this summary of 10 essential leadership skills and matches them with a selection of Pathways projects.

  1. Communication skills are essential at all levels of leadership; Understand Your Communication Style project Level 2 in all Paths; Active Listening project Level 2 (Motivational Strategies) Develop a Communication Plan project (Visionary Communication) and 3 electives;
  2. Motivation skills are vital for team work; Persuasive Speaking Level 3 (Presentation Mastery); Motivate Others Level 4 (Team Collaboration) projects
  3. Delegating skills include accepting feedback from employees; Reaching Consensus project Level 3 (Effective Coaching); Making Connections through Networking Level 3 (Strategic Relationships)
  4. Positivity is needed for conflict management; Understanding Conflict Resolution project Level 3 (Persuasive Influence); Focus on the Positive elective (all Paths)
  5. Trustworthiness requires emotional intelligence, Understanding Emotional intelligence project Level 2 (Motivational Strategies); and Leading in Your Volunteer Organisation project Level 5 (Strategic Relationships)
  6. Creativity requires vision, Develop Your Vision project Level 5, (Visionary Communication);  and the ability to use effective visual aids in presentations; Creating Effective Visual Aids Level 3 Elective in all Paths.
  7. Feedback we learn to give and receive feedback in all paths;  Evaluation and Feedback projects, Level 2 in all paths;
  8. Responsibility requires us to reflect on our actions Level 5 in all paths Reflect on your Path;  provide positive coaching, Improvement Through Positive Coaching project Level 4 (Effective Coaching) and Manage Projects Successfully project Level 4 (Innovative Planning)
  9. Commitment requires us to be a team player Leading Your Team level 4 (Leadership Development); and a leader High Performance Leadership Level 5 (Effective Coaching)
  10. Flexibility requires negotiating skills,  Negotiate the Best Outcome Level 3 (Dynamic Leadership);  and Manage Change project Level 4 (Dynamic Leadership) and Lead in Any Situation Level 5 (Dynamic Leadership).

Do you need a full copy of all Pathways Path and Project Catalog, make use of this resource from George Marshall, DTM, Chief Pathways Guide at D57. George also provides this PowerPoint Presentation: How-to-Pick-a-Path-3-SSTM-by-George-Marshall

Step 4: Share rich resources with members

Toastmasters International Magazine is a rich source of resources. Some like to read their print version and others gain further insights by reading the online articles.
‘Welcome to Pathways 101’ – an online article for August 2019 written by Paul Sterman (Senior Editor)  is an ideal resource to share with your members. Just send the link in an email.

In this article there are fantastic resources to whet your appetite, convince you, persuade you and provide real world examples of the benefits of the Toastmasters Pathways Program. In this video interview Mark Snow, DTM, D69 Club Growth Director, focusses on the benefits of Pathways Leadership projects for his workplace projects.

Mark provides the Pathways-Companion-Guide-V2 to help all Toastmasters on their way in their chosen Path.

There are many other fantastic resources created by passionate Pathways leaders from across the world to make your task of motivating other Pathways Champions easy. Consider this collection of documents for recording achievements in each Path:

Pathways_Assist_PathProgressSheets-JulieDall from Julie Dall, D3, and the pathways_level_completion_checklist

If you can motivate just one member in Pathways, you can build your club adoption rates and ensure that your club is in good shape for Pathways excellence!

Come on over to the Pathways Discussion Forum where you can:

  • post your Pathways motivational strategies
  • ask questions about your Path (and specific projects)
  • catch up with the archives of all Tuesday Talks n’ Tips workshops (recordings and shared resources)

Note: My latest slides on Shape Up with Pathways Excellence are available here:
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Level 4 Elective: Write a Compelling Blog

The journey so far

This project was my favourite from January 2018 when I was completing my first Path, Effective Coaching. In this project I saw a challenge to ‘find my voice’ and create a unique set of eight blog posts (in one month) about my Voyage of a Pathways Guide.

“In this project, you will learn the basic structure of developing and writing a
compelling blog, how to properly engage your readership, …”

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I had a great deal of fun in putting together my blog posts in the Fantasy genre and providing other PGs with my own perspectives on what it was like to be leading others into Pathways. There were strange new lands, dragons, and obstacles that I needed to overcome in my path to enlightenment. I structured these in 8 chapters using WordPress:

  1. Voyage of a Pathways Guide
  2. Enlightenment
  3. Tests and Allies
  4. Approaching the Sacred Chamber
  5. Entering the Chamber
  6. Finding the Magic Elixirs
  7. Palaces of Zoom
  8. The Hunt for Zoom Gold

public-speaking-3926344_640My next step was to prepare a speech about my experiences and to deliver that at a club meeting. I delivered this on February 12 at Wangaratta Toastmasters:

Impact of the Voyage of a Pathways Guide  Edit
Effective Coaching #29 – Write a Compelling Blog (2:00-3:00 min)
Deliver a speech about the impact of blogging a minimum of eight blog posts in one month, on either a new blog or an already established blog
Introduction: Reflections on the impact of my summer blog postings – chapters of the Voyage of a Pathways Guide

Right, that concluded my project on Writing a Compelling Blog – or did it?

Next Chapters at CoachCaroleOnline.com

My blog posts in February 2018 included four more chapters of the Voyage of a Pathways Guide, and captured more of my reflections on my learning as a Guide and as a Blogger.

By this time my blogging skills were beginning to improve and I was keen to continue sharing my experiences and advice for other Pathways followers. A plan was emerging! I knew that I could not maintain daily blog posts, so I opted for 2 to 4 posts during the months of February to December 2018. As my club and district duties then ramped up I reset my goalposts and opted for a monthly post in 2019. (Occasionally I posted two – depending on what new learning I had to share.)

July to August postsaugust to october postsoctober to december posts

  1. January: Track Pathways Progress in easy-Speak
  2. February: Reflect on my Path and Personal Eportfolio: Pathways Achievements
  3. March: Guide on the Side and RPL and the Electives
  4. April: What’s New in Pathways Resources
  5. May: Mentoring Pathways Champions
  6. June: Toastmasters in the Cloud and Reflections: D73 Team Pathways
  7. July: Pathways in July: Motivate Others

Why am I telling you all of this?

  1. My reflections on what I have achieved in my blog posts may inspire others who are planning to complete the Level 4 Elective: Write a Compelling Blog.
  2. This post also introduces some new elements for my followers to consider in developing their own ‘blog posts’ and create their own ‘body of work’ as a self-publishing blogger.

Finally: Lessons and Advice from Other Bloggers

David Carr DTM, founder of the Online Presenters Online Advanced club, has provided these lessons and resources on blogging for Toastmasters:

How to Blog for Toastmasters  

How a Blog Makes a Toastmasters Club Website Stronger

Web & Social Tip: Balance Your Use of Images Versus Text and Links

Christian Mihai provides these generic lessons and resources at my favourite blog site
The Art of Blogging’:

How to write a blog post

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

9 Mistakes that will Screw Up your Blog

Are you a Blogger, or Just blogging

Anyone can Blog

How to Stop being the Invisible Blogger

What’s next for me in blogging?

I am going to repeat the project ‘Write a Compelling Blog‘ and this time provide further insight into my other life, that of a genealogist and family historian. During August I will plan my blog posts around my current studies in the  Diploma of Family History at University of Tasmania.

Are you interested in writing a compelling blog? Are you a Toastmaster working at Level 4 in your Path? Would you like some help with this Elective? Comments and feedback welcome here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pathways in July: Motivate Others

pathway-1149113_640What a month of frenetic activity around Pathways as club executives changeover and new Base Camp Managers emerge. The changeover also meant that many new VP Education officers sought help in managing their easy-Speak club sites; a series of requests for help come across my desk in that period of time.

Meanwhile the D73 Team Pathways (now grown to 15 members) has added to our downloadable Pathways resources for clubs in D73 and planned for our monthly Online Education webinars to take place on the last Sunday of each month. The recordings of these events and shared resources will be displayed here: https://sites.google.com/view/d73guide/video-tutorials

We have also begun a new segment in our Southern Cross Newsletter, called Pathways Corner. This month we’ve followed the lead from the Toastmasters International Magazine and focused on the champions who are progressing with their projects in the Motivational Strategies Path. We aim to publish the stories and lessons learned from many of our club Pathways Champions in the Southern Cross Newsletter as motivation for others. (Link to July edition coming soon.)

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Then add to these the preparation for taking on an Area Director role; attending and presenting at District Officer Training; I was feeling all Pathway-ed out! I needed a new direction – I could do with some motivation for myself. ‘Seize the Day’!

Now, I really thrive when focused on a project that has meaning and a clear process. My next project in Level 4 of my Path, Team Collaboration is Motivate Others. My goal is to motivate other Toastmasters in my Area to step up as presenters/trainers at the Club Leadership Training day in August.

Motivate Others in Area N29

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I am a member of the three clubs in my Area N29, located in regional Northern Victoria, Australia. Therefore I needed a project that would benefit all three clubs. Recent discussions among members of those clubs, while planning for the Area Club Leadership and Officer Training day in August, led me to think that within those plans I had the basis for a Motivate Others project.

A plan begins to emerge!

Here’s my communication plan for building a team to fulfil the completion of this project:

  1. Communicate initial plans for Educationals at the the CLT/COT event to club leaders
  2. Build on suggestions from the leaders about what they want to do
  3. Enable ideas for their involvement to percolate and keep communication channels open
  4. Suggest that the leaders become the ‘team’ who will plan and present a series of related Educationals.
  5. Invite the leaders to a Zoom meeting to discuss the plan:
    • at this meeting define the benefits of accomplishing the goals you set out
      • participating as a ‘training team’ will help club leaders in their individual growth
      • sharing the preparation for the event will help cement the Networking between the clubs

The important feature of this project is to motivate others to challenge themselves! Part of the challenge in providing Educationals at CLT/COT sessions is having confidence in themselves to engage, inspire and educate their peers. My background in professional development for adult trainers will enable me to provide support for that confidence to grow.

In Motivate Others, you will learn the different ways individuals can be motivated, how to strengthen and nurture relationships with others, and how to promote internal growth in other individuals. You will review methods of providing encouragement and helpful feedback to others.

My Pathways in July is all about motivating others!

I suggest that an executive team could all work together on the Team Collaboration Path and in particular work on these three projects during their year in office:
Level 3 ‘Successful Collaboration’
Level 4 ‘Motivate Others’
Level 5 ‘Lead in any situation’.

What’s yours?

Share your ideas, progress and challenges by attending the Tuesday Tips n’ Talks hosted by Global Trainers Online – one of the Online Clubs I belong to. (details of these weekly events in Zoom along with the schedule in your time zone displayed here: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTrainersOnline/ )

If you have something to share from your Pathways experiences and would like to attend or present at one of the upcoming D73 Online Education sessions, please let the D73 Team Pathways know. Email pc@d73.toastmasters.org.au (details of these monthly events in Zoom displayed here: https://d73.toastmasters.org.au/online-education/

Pathways in your Club Success Plan

recording and monitoring pathways acheivements