New Member Basics

Some Quick Tips for Beginners:

  • Old Town Toastmasters embraces the new Toastmasters Pathways learning experience. It’s an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. It gives you:
    • The opportunity to build  up to 300 unique competencies
    • 11 specialized learning paths to choose from
    • Online content, so that you can learn anytime, anywhere
    • Real-world, transferable skills
  • Step 1: Join Old Town Toastmasters
  • Ask for a mentor, an experienced Toastmaster to help you with meeting roles and speeches.
  • Choose your Path and get started on the first project.
  • Use stories, examples and anecdotes to craft a speech.
  • Don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.
  • Practice speaking. Practice often.
  • Begin and end every speech strongly.

The educational Pathways program is the heart of every Toastmasters club. It provides members with a proven curriculum that develops communication and leadership skills one step at a time, with many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way.

  • You progress along the Path is tracked online through self-evaluations, learning modules, speeches and speech evaluations.
  • Every path has required and elective projects. Path recognition is achieved when a member completes 14 projects across all 5 levels – a combination of 10 required projects and 4 elective projects chosen from a comprehensive list covering a variety of subjects. Each project includes at least one speech. Though members are required to complete 4 elective projects, they have the option to complete as many as they would like.

Once you’ve made the transition from Toastmasters guest to Toastmasters member, you can begin your journey in Pathways right away. Choose one of the 11 paths and dive in! Toastmasters is a self-paced program, but the members of Old Town Toastmasters are here to support and encourage you.


Preparing Your Speeches

Presenting a speech may be a daunting task, especially for the beginner. Even veteran Toastmasters members had to start somewhere to learn how to effectively prepare and present a speech. Old Town Toastmasters wants to provide all of their members with the most tools and best resources for you to create and present successful speeches.

Prior to Pathways, Toastmasters members learned their craft from what is now called the “Legacy Program”. Consisting of a series of instructional booklets, the program outlined projects to complete on one’s way to ultimately achieve the honorable award of Distinguished Toastmaster. The first of these booklets is the Competent Communication (CC) Manual.

The Toastmasters CC Manual masterfully led the member through 10 speech projects. Each project was focused upon providing the member a basic skill or component of creating and presenting speeches. Though now defunct, the CC Manual still may serve as a valuable resource to help members become successful speakers. Please download and  refer to it when preparing your own speeches.