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. 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Level 2 again: Your Communication style?

Every time I take the assessment, to determine my communication style, I am a bit unhappy: we have more then one style, all of us! But each time the Initiating Style, which for me communicating through storytelling comes on the top.
But at least, this time, I succeeded to remain with two main styles: yes, I am also direct. 

This is the first time that I observed, that the questions in the assessment go right instead of going down. They do changes, alas we do not get notice of small changes. That was one of the changes I asked a year ago. Consistency matters!
You want support for what? Her is how the questions look now. Not easy to answer to this one? Support for Goals? For Ideas? for Feelings? for Thoughts? I finally said here Goals. My ideas are in the goals and my friends support my feelings. Usually.
When working on a project, I am... what? Enthusiastic, usually : yes! Purposeful, of course. Most important : I am Persistent. Do not give up easy. 

All those many many questions, helped me finally, made me think. Again. Or more. I did try to linger at each of them and not answer them too fast. 

With that done, from many many examples of communication, I have to chose a story I want to tell, and also perhaps for the first time to explain, that behind the words I still do not like "Initiating, Direct, Bureaucratic, etc" there are some important differences. And in plus, of course, all depends with whom we speak and at what occasion. 

But now, I recognize, we still have a main style and it is good to be aware of it.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

New technology? Voice Variety? My discoveries since yesterday.

Yesterday, I went to assist to the Emperor Online, Zaldy's not yet chartered club. May I give a speech? Yes, he said early morning. I prepared the Research and Present, as I decided it was time to move on.

This is "Diversity" the picture I did NOT use - yet.
Read three books, studied them, have to study more, yes, but I did understood the most of what I wanted from the beginning and could make a link between the New Education System Managements and Pathways. 

Of course, expressing what I learned in a few minutes was a lot more difficult. 

Finally, I got a 4th book, in fact about the Emotional Intelligence, but containing a lot how we react to what we find, and why personal photography is so important, recreating suddenly a moment in life for us. A moment, we can tell stories about, a moment where we could connect to others, share with them.

I choose one main picture, and two with shorter stories around them to explain the influence of pictures on us and how we can use them. Through it, mostly the first one, I could explain how we react to an image, a photography, through visceral reaction first, recreating the feelings we had at the time, then we can tell even the story of that time, and at the end, reflect what it mean to us and what it can mean to those seeing the picture and, listening to us.

It is true for pictures we create, as I showed yesterday three of them, and it is true for pictures we find. This morning I found a cartoon, published by George Marshal. It can of course apply to many CHANGE occasions. But for the time... we think of one specific, isn't it? What does it evoke for you?
In the Official Toastmasters Members, facebook group, it did initiate a long and healthy discussion. Now, that we are all "rolled out", Pathways allowed everywhere, what we do and how we react to it. As it was not public, each has to go to see for the discussions.

I learned this morning, that some images represent better what we mean then others.

After finishing my Presentation of my Research, too long alas as the Timekeeper did not show the time, just noted it, there was a second speech, a Reading from a Book. Usually, it is boring. This time, it did teach me the real meaning of Vocal Variety. I still have a very long way to go, if at any time I even reach some of what It was done! 

I discovered also the meaning of the Seuss book "Green eggs", a good interpretation can change so much! Got a lot modest from yesterday, good lesson for me again.
At the after party, Veronica originally from Philippines, now in Australia, explained us that at her Icebreaker she was told her vocal variety is not good enough. She decided to cultivate it.

She went slow, then fast, up and down, changed tone and pitch, played it all out for us like the best actor ever could.

She was wonderful, and we were all with her from the beginning to the end.
My own evaluator, evaluated me while driving his car from the airport to home. 

We were afraid, when he begun to use his hands to demonstrate, I hoped it was at a stop. He opened the light so we could see his face while he spoke only. Ian Along had all well planned.

Yes, and indeed, he listened also well and with attention. Given me a warm feedback.  I was about to write "too warm" but I remembered the last video I looked yesterday, Pat Johnson, whose mentor told him, "when you are appreciated, say thank you! not answer but perhaps I should have... as otherwise you tell us not believing what we say". So, thank you Ian! And waw! Assisting to an online meeting while driving a car! 

We also had two members, first time online. One was a brand new Toastmaster from China, the second coming back to Toastmasters, because Pathways and Online! 

Between those who protest for what is new and do not want to go online to read even their Path and Projects, and those who go online even from their car while driving to assist to a meeting, or return to Toastmasters because Pathways, a long range of different people!