Toastmasters Pathways – The Icebreaker

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Toastmasters Pathways – The Icebreaker

November 17th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

See my main Presentation Mastery Pathways page for some context. To start a project, click “Activate” and then click “Launch”. At this point, your status changes to “In Progress.” It took a few minutes to load. Then I got a tutorial on the navigation. After that comes the main content.

The background information is similar to what was in the paper Toastmasters CC (Competent Communicator) manual. Many things are the same like the speech length and goals.

Checklist

The first thing that is different is a project checklist PDF. It has things like scheduling your speech, rehearsing, giving your speech and submitting to get credit. Each checklist item has a box to check off and two lines where you can write comments. This whole checklist is optional.

Skills assessment

Next comes an interactive skills assessment where you rate yourself in certain areas. Not 100% intuitive is that you have to click the down arrow next to the word “directions” to actual take the assessment. The assessment is short and easy. You answers six questions by rating yourself on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high). [I like the new 5 point scale. We only had 3 numbers to choose from in the old printed manual world[

Video

There’s a video where a few people talk about their icebreaker and provide tips. It lists a manageable number of points; each described by a different person.

Outline and tips

You can view/download an outline to help you prepare for your Icebreaker. You can even download it as a PDF. After that, you get some tips on timing and how to prepare. You also get information about what to expect at the meeting such as the speech evaluator along with what to review after giving the speech.

Resources

At the end of the project, you can download a few things in PDF form. Of particular note is the PDF sheet to print and hand to your evaluator. You can also download the whole project in PDF form.

After the speech

Next comes where you assess your skills again. I printed the form for evaluation. My speech evaluator evaluated me just like normal.  When signing back to Pathways, I re-took the initial assessment and the system compared my scores. It then told me that I completed the icebreaker. (So there’s some honor system that goes on here; that you’ll wait until after giving the speech to do the post-self assessment.

I closed the tab for my Icebreaker. This refreshed the curriculum page which unlocked the other two projects in the level – evaluation and researching.

Voluntarily upload eval

You don’t have to, but I went back to basecamp and choose e-portfolio. I then uploaded my a scanned copy of my evaluator’s form. That way I don’t have to worry about finding it when I complete level 1. The E-Portfolio has folders for each of the five levels which is nice.

Voluntarily evaluate the project for Toastmasters

You have the option of taking a survey about the project for Toastmasters to gather feedback.

Comments

Comment from gloria wright
Posted: January 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

I have just finished my Ice breaker.
Now what do I do?

Comment from gloria wright
Posted: January 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

I found that once I had completed my Ice Breaker, I felt more confident, with the new Pathways. Prior to this I was totally confused, as to what was expected of me.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: January 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

First, you go on to Pathways BaseCamp to mark the Icebreaker as done! Then you get to give speech 2! Take a look at the evaluation project. You can speak about anything.

Comment from Damo
Posted: February 14, 2018 at 3:33 am

Where can I find the interactive skills assessment? You say it is next to a button with [Directions] on it? Where is that?
I have completed my IceBreaker in Real life, but PAthways doesnt recognise it.
I have uploaded evaluation I have watched the videos but I still cannot unlock the next projects

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: February 14, 2018 at 11:11 pm

Damo,
Click directions to minimize it.

Uploading the evaluation actually isn’t necessary. That’s just for you.

To unlock a project, you need to “finish” the two surveys in the icebreaker project. (the ones where you answer questions on a skill of 1-5). If you don’t see it, I recommend calling Toastmasters (+1 949-858-8255) and having them walk you through it.

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