Hit the ground running

Four years after the launch of Pathways, Toastmasters has released member-driven improvements to the program’s core Level 1. There is a fresh focus on public speaking basics in this level, which is the foundational first step all Toastmasters take in any of the 11 education options in Pathways.

Level 1 projects introduce the program to new Toastmasters, the majority of whom cite the desire to learn basic speaking skills as their main reason for joining.

Level 1 has four projects — with five speeches — which include a mix of familiar fundamentals and new skill-building practices. The time-honored “Ice Breaker” project has been substantially updated with new content. The “Evaluation and Feedback” project remains a two-speech project and is joined by “Writing a Speech With Purpose” and “Introduction to Vocal Variety and Body Language.” Before completing Level 1, members will also need to serve as a speech evaluator.

Level 1 projects allow new members to hit the ground running toward their public speaking goals.

Read more on the Toastmasters International website.

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