31 May 2019

Three or six points?

Harvard commencement address. Angela Mercer from Germany. She made remember the wall, in Berlin when she finished herself, and how it did divide Berlin. And what happened in 1979, that changed the life of so may, hers and included.

And how bringing down the wall was an ending of tyranny and a beginning to her a new life for her. How important is taking our walls inside us and between us and those different.

She remembered her parents, and what nazism did bring Shoah, someny death and misery to the generation of her parents. How important European Union is, and the Marshal plan announced in a commencement speech in Harvard. Do not close up, open up to others.

So many important things about what we could do now, opening up instead of isolating, working together for new beginnings and more. Important issues but too many. I remembered Job, he told his life in three stories. And a very powerful ending.

A good if not great speech to be listened and analysed. 

Alas, she told at least six not three things and it is not easy to remember. I have to tell a story Short Sunday from Level 3. So much to say! How can I condensé it in three tales only?  

30 May 2019

We now have 11 paths, and soon 12, no more 10

Here are all 11 paths and their symbols and names. Initials, DL, EC, EH, IP, LD, MS, PI, PM, SR, TC, and VC. Some of them I finished, others are already between my paths. I think, I will never try IP nor PI as planning is not my thing. Some districts did not refresh and show still only ten paths.

I am now waiting to see what will be the 12th path coming in the remaining place.

Yes, many begun PI or IP because it was offered often as first choice ! But not many have finished it. And here is the beginning of a stat from George Marshal, about how many Level 5 achieved by districts, how many members in the district, when the Pathways rolled out in them.
The first 6 rolled out early, have the highest number of Level 5 - that is what we get, and TMI does not distinguish between Pathways or traditional DTM. But after the 6, there are those with 31 each, in "far away countries" and some rolled out only last year! At the bottom here, I wanted to show those last rolled out, at 19 Level 5s same number as Oregon, Ohio rolled out more then a year before! 

Besides, in the Online community, many of us are Dual, and we did give Level 5 awards to others then the online club too. I for one, have a Number five in none less then 5 different districts, clubs. 

In fact, it does not matter how fast we progress, the important is to enjoy and learn on our path!

29 May 2019

Finished a Level: now what? Declared in 2 places.

We crossed a river, finished an Award: 68 comments in Pathways Discussion about it
At the beginning, I felt the same as Shawn. I asked also why the Level Completion from Basecamp is not linked to the Award recognition in Club Central? 

Beside, that is would be convenient in many cases and beside that the two are created in different platform, I told myself "they should be linked". They are not linked. 

After we signal the Basecamp, that we did indeed finished the Level, and one of the Basecamp managers approves it, we can continue to the next level, all the projects of that level at our fingertips. Basecamp managers: Vice President of Education, President or Secretary, any of them can, entering Pathways as Basecamp manager open the Pending Requests and with a click on the grey Y approve our Level. Best, tell one of them we finished, instead of relying where our BC level recognition request goes, as for now.

But the award is not yet recognized by TMI. Someone from the Committee of the club, any of them this time, and not only the VPE, even if usually she does it, has to go to the Leadership Central -> Club Central > Add Education Awards ->Name -> Award to add, as usual and add our award. The paths we are in arrive, and the next Level that was not yet awarded.

What is the ADVANTAGES I found. 

The district leaders may want to show awards as soon as possible, but the clubs, have advantage sometimes, when enough awards have already recorded, to wait till the next Toastmasters year, and record in July, so it "counts". Also because any member can have only, as before, one kind of award in a year that "counts" in the DCP.  

Second, for those of us who are in more then one club, it does permit to decide to which club we want to offer the Award of our Level. I usually look or ask, see which needs it. Not depending on where I gave most speeches. I learned that two years almost when the President wrote me "now spread your wealth also to others". So for some Levels, I attribute and ask as soon as I finish, but for others, as Level 5th, I waited months till the District the club was "rolled out" and had the right to give Pathways awards. 

For the clubs where I am in the Committee, I can look directly who needs it, for the others, I ask. Remember, the PATHS are ours as are the LEVEL Awards, we decide and I do love that indeed. 

We decide of course also, when more then one club, which one we declare as our "Base Club" of that day we finish a Level as only the BCM of that club will be able to approve our Level Completion. The VPE of the other club, can not even see it. Unless, we switch club. And yes, we can ask one club to approve it in the basecamp, and other club to declare it to the TMI Awards. They are not linked either. 

Alas, for the moment, someone may declare for us an award we did not finished in basecamp - hopefully, that does not happen often. The two are really not linked at all.

28 May 2019

Courage of online toastmasters

When you are determined, you learn to dance in the rain.
I will never forget when one of the toastmasters from Philippines come just 2 days after flood that made them come out of their house - showing pictures with her in water almost above elbow! That was almost a year ago at Emperors Online Toastmasters, not yet chartered.

Yet having it, setting examples, letting members and future members come was so important!

Today, another example, this time in the Chartered Royal Roads Toastmasters, in Victoria Islands, Canada, we had a meeting all from online in an remote access Thursdays, online Mondays club. One of the leaders fell and got into hospital. He did give a speech from his hospital, using first his phone then also his computer! Even, recording the meeting. He got stitches on his front and he spoke still linked to different places that look how he is doing. He not only was with us, but told us the story how he got there and how great the hospital care improved.

Brian Dodd, is one of the Pathways Trailblazers, but also of Online community. In his Table Topic answer, he told us that he intends to go next year to the Toastmaster convention, in bike all the way from London! He will be soon 80.

27 May 2019

Who am I ? An European. Pathways passionate.

I am Hungarian. At least, that was my mother language, even if I do not find lately many to speak with Hungarian. In the war, we went to Budapest, then other parts of Hungary too.

I am Romanian and was married to a half Romanian, half Greek. My town, birth and adolescent years, was Hungarian till I was 11 then become Romanian. I left Bucarest, were we went when I was 15 as a 28 old, 2 month pregnant with my daughter, knowing only we have to emigrate, not where we will land.

I am French, and today I still voted as French citizen. I was the first to arrive to vote this morning at 8 am and they asked me to pose with them. Arrived in France when my daughter was 2 years old. 

I lived now 10 years in London and love it.

So who I am? I am an European.

We can be many things at the same time. I am also a blogger, a photographer, a Toastmaster, a storyteller. I am mother of two, grandmother of five. 

And of course, as you may see from this blog, passionate of Pathways. Trying to find new ways to make it know, make it love, make it discover. Looking for different ways to make start for those still with problem. 

In London, I was the first to enter and register to the EU elections. 

With my son. Not first to begin Pathways, but between firsts.  

26 May 2019

Completed 6 path: Proficient?

Finished 11 May, received it today from Toastmasters International. Certificate of Proficiency in Team Collaboration. Or at least, it does certify that I finished it.

Collaboration in Team is not always easy, even if we always learn something from it.

This is my 6th path I finished now, being full time Pathways adict, and active in many clubs. Success? No, this bellow means success. But perhaps, I did achieve them too.

25 May 2019

Meting online Toastmaster club friends

How long it is we met first? I even do not remember! But we meet, usually 4 times a month. Witty Storytellers Online and Global Trainers Online.

And today, I met Graham Cairn and his wife, Shirley Cairn face to face in London. From Australia, via Hong Kong, and in their way to US and Canada !
Thanks Graham for this picture, it even shows my Pathways teeshirt that I took specially for today.

It was a pleasure to meet them, cross the foot bridge to the Royal Festival Hall in London. And chat.

It was less pleasure, to realize that I am more "out of breath" then I believed. It was not my feet or knee that bothered me but I could not walk at normal speed, was too fast out of breath. Nevertheless, we did have great moments together. Very happy we met.

24 May 2019

My mentor, wife and friend, by Brillian with feedback from Julie

Brillian was once a beginner, in Toastmaster : even the Word of the Day a problem.
He tells us how it was, how it is to have a mentor from beginning.

A guest speaker at Witty Storytelling, a charter member, a future member soon:
Brillian from Mumbai become now a Regional Advisor!

23 May 2019

Curriculum ? = Path & Read the small lines on top

Pathways alas inherited strange names, Curriculum means Path for us, layman. And also Read the Small Written Text on top of the page Educational Transcript (our path page).
Here some parts are Annotated, by me, after I created the Screen Dump from the Base Camp. Those are my current 4 path I am working now, each may be open with a click in the middle of Open Curriculum, and NOT clicking at their names. 

I put a blue oval that reminds us each time to turn off the Pop-up blocker, but all present on top, in small letters need to be read. I confess, I did not either, usually rushing to open a path and go to a level, open a project and read it.

22 May 2019

Toggle Directions and answer then Next.

What to do? The answers covered with gray?
I decided to make a post by problems some of us found on our ways. One at a time. Or two...
Nowhere is written : click on the Direction button which, in this case. Is a Toggle. Meaning, one click hides the upper part of the window, another click reveals it and makes it accessible again. Alas, click on any other place then on the blue Directions, does not work. Bellow, now the upper part is revealed.

Just make sure, you continue with NEXT and not the arrow right, till all questions answered.

21 May 2019

Almost every day, I offer now advice

That is one the most needed, and the one I do not understand why still not corrected. 
Why should the Tutorials to be accessed from under the name in the brown red line, instead of the name? It seems confusing to most of us! And so many interesting material and explaining and even short videos can be found there! And fillable evaluation forms, too. 

Today, I gave advice live, at my home.

20 May 2019

For whom was Pathways designed, intended?

The last Region was rolled out the 15th May a years ago. We celebrated! A day after, I got a letter from TMI to begin in my online club. And a day after, I was Toastmaster at Firebirds Collective: we invited Pat Johnson to tell us about its creation. One TM asked her:
Pathways designed for whom? She answered bellow personas.
5. Toastmaster for whom English is not first language.
4. The senior retired who wants to continue learning.
                               --- those are me ---
and also
3. Professional speaker needing a feedback from club
2. Mid manager to practice and learn skills.
1. Student, new professional needing to learn skills

To whom was it intended? <<<----

Click above to read. Or see the image. Or go to the title, date. I wrote that blogpost a year ago to tell what I learned from her. I feel it is still important to remember.

While Pat was no more present, when the user interface was decided, she was from 2010 all the way, till then. She explained in her Q&A many of decisions made of the beginning. Hope, somewhere I did publish that video, or Firebirds did. Today, just wanted to get back at the important: for whom is Pathways?

19 May 2019

When you think, you know all...

I like Zoom, and used it now, for more then a year often. Alas, never think "I understand how it works": there is always something more to learn. 

We got together with Zariya Lufu, as you can see from yesterdays video. You could also see, we were not on it. Here is us, laughing, but at times, we were preoccupied too.
Instead of getting the usual video, I got two separate one. One with us, and speaking. Other with the screen she shared and speaking : without us. 

After I realized, too late to get differently, I got to look why, got a representative of Zoom, then a technical one, and she understood finally and showed me WHERE I did configure, myself, as I did not understand well, like this. And how to change it.
It was not this one as I believed, but another at My Meeting then Recording. Somewhere in the Advanced features, and again, settings. Or was it this one? Record video during screen sharing? Place video next to shared screen in recording? Yes, where is it?

I can learn - at any age - but sometimes, too much is too much. At least, Zoom got a wonderful help, when when it was too technical for one, he passed me to another.

For me, the most important part was to see how well she did handle her PC, instead of my Tabs with Windows.
Zariya could make them popup, whenever she needed, and go to the window she wanted as I go to my Tabs. Open, close or change them, as needed.

I had also realized how she knew how to refresh a window with a click: better then me! 

We all "know something" - different. After zooming with her, and zooming with my President, recording both, I understand how each needs different advices. 

Best of course would be for the USER Interface to change fast, ADD a MARK THIS PROJECT FINISHED. There is a button Mark this level Finished, why should not be also for all projects? 

And why the grey that cover most of a page, does not disappear when we click anywhere, why should we click just on the button that toggles it? And why do not open at click in Burgundi and have to go under and click on a grey thing with same name? Why do we have to wait so long for some small important changes? 

Soon, it will be a year that all got pathways!

18 May 2019

Close a Project, close a Level, Find a fillable Evaluation, voice Zaryia & Julie

So many small fine details to be learned. Here are our voices, not our faces, instead the screen is shown. Not all is told or shown but a lot! She has and manipulates the Projects on her PC differently as me usually on my Mac laptop. Screen shown: 40 minutes well spend. 

A lot of small details to tell, we did not have time to speak about all but many of them, yesterday afternoon. 

Use this, after looking, listening, as needed. Perhaps go over it twice even for details. Zaryia has finished all her Level 1 projects but did not record, before our meeting any of them, not having read the Project description, that was not in the PDFs I have send her a few month ago. 

She is President of her club, so you can see also how a Base Camp Manager approves a Level. We have to logout from Access Base camp as Member, and login as BCM instead. Approve, then logout again and login as member. Then, approved we can Print our certificate, and also move at next level.

What I did not have time to tell is, that after the Project was approved, Evaluate appears instead of Launch on the button. TMI asking you, for 10 days if you do not answer immediately  to tell how you felt about that project. We even get a letter about it (even if we answered them). Once answered, the Evaluate on the Project button becomes again Launch. We can open again, read, print, etc. even after finished it. 

17 May 2019

Adopting Change

There are many theories and curves to show how CHANGE is adopted, here is one of them.
Each of us is on one of the colours and places, in general, but even depending, what changes we are about to have. I did take up this one as I loved its names. 

I was never an Innovator, even if I dreamed sometimes to be able to do it, but I was usually, an Early Adopter. Ambassador. For the Pathways Education Program, for sure. And went toward the change, used the new program sometimes, at beginning, in very difficult conditions. But did not think for an instant, even when hating a feature, or a condition a club offered, to stop. To go farther. 

With the Pathways, now I believe we have many in the Supporters part, and some, neutral. Of course, the problem in some clubs and district pose are the Adversaries: so high voice, so angry, so clever even at times. Sometimes, their voices are most heard by the "Late majority" and they fear to go farther, dip their toes and try for themselves. 

In the books about Change, is explained first that our reaction to change depends a lot of what we experienced in our childhood. I did not like some changes happening to me, but fast I understood that they saved my life, when I was ten, and many times after, when it depended on me, and I hesitated too long. 

But how we feel about something new, is not only how we are able to leave, end. Nor how long we are lost in the middle, nowhere land, before we adapt new. I did adapt fast the new education system, but I was very reluctant to try a smart phone for example. Only when I finally got my first, second hand iPhone, did I fall in love with it. Still, only three years later got a new one and I do close it between using it, not like my grandson who has it always ready even in his pocket.

Where do you feel are on that scale? What to do to attract all but the two last minority groups? The books say "do not worry about them, do not spend time to try to change them." Alas, when they are from Leaders, they can keep off many clubs, for one more year, and poison the mood around them. Those who do not begin, but do not oppose it, may help still, but really remain leaders who lead by example. Not only staying behind the rang. 

That is how I feel at least. I suggest, even if not going in deep, try at least The Navigator. The one that is in the menu, not inside Base Camp. Why are they different things with the same name? Logged in, chose Pathways then The Navigator from the menu. Not the rectangle. And it can be viewed from any device this YEAR, 2019 ! 

So much for new members, so much info for those who want to help others before even choosing a path or accessing it through Base Camp. 

Here is how the new Navigator looks like. I loved it from the start!

From time to time, go back and play with it, discover some of its new features.

And not only his last section, about Pathways. 

Recommended: play with it!

Yes, it takes some time, but no one has to read all what is in it at once. 

There are so many corners to discover.

About our clubs, texts and animations, too. 

And In plus I did not hear anyone - yet - telling they do not like its user interface! 

16 May 2019

Make connections through networking

Created slides to show during my speech, but did not have a projector. The TM who did have ours, got ill, was in hospital.

I think, my story was better and more interesting, and I got to speak more about Pathways and how I like to help, instead of waisting time with images.

Still, would like to show some here at least from those I prepared.

One is from the Division Conference, when I not only got my Triple Crown, good surprise, but make or warmed up again connections. Networked. 
Here three moments together. The Mystery speaker, the District member giving the triples, and the Division Governor with us in the room.

We make connections and may Network also through a remote access meeting, all the way from London to Oregon, USA.

Or meet a 18 years old Chinese girl, just out of high school, the first time in a Toastmaster meeting, through an online meeting. Tiger and Michelle, from Oregon, Zaldy from Manila, Carole and Graham from Australia, Federico from Holland and Svetlana from Uzbekistan. 

I met someone from London, last week, by surprise and made a great contact that gave me other contacts as we continued to be in touch with each other after the meeting. Today, will meet a President of a nearby club needing Pathways advices to its members. That IS real Networking. Not just a "project" we speak about.

The Project make me only more aware of it. 
and advances me with one more project. This is a Required Level 3 in my path, but still 1 Elective, to finish the Level.

15 May 2019

Tutorials for... Committee members

New committee are formed all over Toastmasters clubs. Pathways had tutorials for different things, but the tutorials on "how to" for the new committees are not about pathways, but so much inspired by Pathways, that I got to speak about them.

I did first logged in, to Pathways, and did chose Leadership Central, like here. Then went down, all the way to the CLUB OFFICER TOOLS, here in blue to show you I selected them.

A click of course, then opens them, and they are many "club officer tools".

Here is the long list. 

Between those, some strangely did now work for me. The roles were supposed to be short videos, and did not open.

All the others worked.

Some offering online manuals, as they are no more send. As president of a club, I downloaded some and send it to my committee and will to the future committee members to.

Most fascinating for me, were the Club Officer Tutorials: animations with voice!

Begins like this and see all that can be done within Club Central as a Committee member:
So, indeed : let us begin! 

First you have to make a choice between Membership or Administration of the Club. New things available and old things explained: SHOWN with speech at same time.
For example, for the Club Membership, I was curious what is said and shown about the Club Roster.
I discovered, that beside the thing I already knew, as on old hand, to sort, to save or print, it is from there that any member's data can be Edited.
Till then, let me confess, I did not even see Edit at the right of each. 

The animation goes on to show also how to edit and what a committee member can or not. 

I hope, I vetted enough your appetite: go and try! Play with it, have joy listening, before even needed. Of course, alas, I think it is mostly for those who have some role (or will) in the club's leadership. 

There are similar animations, were for long time, for the Base Camp Managers, VPE, President, Secretary, inside base camp, when we login like BCM instead of members. That is, for another day.

14 May 2019

A different view: from Level 2 to Level 3 on

I just realized that looking from Level 1 or Level 2, going to Level 3 is a special experience! 

Once I login, at Toastmasters.org through Welcome Julie for me, I can go in the Base Camp's Educational Transcript directly, either through Go to your transcript or Enrolled 1 path (or 3 or 11) and from there. Then, Launch my path or can change the path when we have more then one.

At Level 1 we all have the same Projects. All "Required" and most have many tasks. No  picture given here. Once the Icebreaker done, we can take on Project 2 or 3 in any order.

At Level 2 all Projects Required, some differ from path to path, but not all. Here is how it looks Level 2 of Effective Coaching for example: all Projects are Required in any order.
Of course, it looks like this because I did already completed the level (and the path).

Then arrives Level 3 and suddenly the landscape changes. 

At Level 3 come 13 Electives that made me feel like in a bonbon store in childhood. In Level 3, beside 1 Required Project, which is specific to the path we are on, we got lots of Projects called Electives, from which we can choose from. The Electives, are the same for all path, missing one only if it was already put in level 2. 
This is from Strategic Relationship, where I am not on Level 3. 

One Main screen, the Specific project for the path, in blue, as I have already Activated and from then on Launch remains visible, till we finish the project, then for ten days Evaluate (tell TMI what we felt about it) but as soon as we do Evaluate, it comes back to Launch. I did not finish the Make Connection through Networking, but it is programmed already for tomorrow evening.

Under it a "folder" a blue square, we can see the all Elective Projects: click View Details. All Elective projects appear, can be Activated, Launched, Read, Saved, Printed. At minimum two are necessary to do, in order to go further, but we may do any we want, or open all and save or print. 

All 12 or 13 Electives Projects on our fingertips! I felt, like drunk of joy when I arrived here. So much to read, and to choose from.
Only the beginning of them come with screenshot, there are a lot under this four. You can see, that I  completed Connect with Storytelling, and also Use Presentation software that can not be seen in this image.

What I did not realize, till yesterday, that it can be also a problem to go back to the main screen of the Level 3 (or 4 or 5 that is the same way), to the main project, the specific for the path are only different. Toggle easy with one clic from Required to the Electives folder, with View Detail, and back with a click on Level 3 on the left.

What is good, that it is always same for each and once we got it we do not think any more about. Alas, that makes sometime difficult to understand the problems others who were not yet there face. 

Here you can see from the Toastmasters Navigator, not the basecamp, ALL Electives in E.Humor path, the last I took on as soon as it appeared in February.
There are similar, in the Navigator for every path, so we do know what to expect. 

13 May 2019

Reading a poem, take one.

My daughter send me this poem by Stephanie Butler, and I tried to read and tell is. For the moment, or again, blogger does not allow podcasts, so I had to add some pictures, create a video of it.

Will have to read it again. Add only one or two pictures. So much work for 2 minutes!

12 May 2019

Two steps forward, one step back

Last month, I wrote "hurrah" now even the Evaluation forms inside the Projects are Fillable. And even marked with FFF ! Well, alas, there are no more.

I wonder : why? I had seen, they can be! Why are they no more? What does TMI think, do?

So happy, I am NOT writing a book about Pathways! As soon as I write a chapter, some infos can be no more actual!

Just told a story about my mother and me, it was appropriate today.

Evaluation? where is the message? There was one, but not clear enough. "Do not give up if at first you do not succeed". Yes, I should have told it at the beginning, and again at the end. Instead of "everything has consequences" which was also a message.

Next speech / presentation, will be near me, about Making connections through networking. Wednesday evening. Speech and slides prepared. And, perhaps, but not sure, I could even speak Monday evening in an other club, remote access. There is a place for a speech in the club. Should I repeat a speech already done?

11 May 2019

Reflections on my path

This was indeed, more a reflection on my path in Pathways, then the "last".

My 6th path that I just finished is Team Collaboration, not an easy path. Or specifically, not a path to remember with any special joy. 

Visionary Communication, was my first finished, and I not only have great memories of it, but also feel that I am still continuing the vision I begun then. 

Presentation Mastery I remember specifically for all the roadblocks I had, as I initially alas asked for a Manual Path, waited a lot, then at Level 3 decided to switch at web path. 

Leadership Development, was a path filled with joy, collaboration and preparing a storytelling festival. The first path where I realized how much one personalize a path, giving it a specific, personally chosen theme. In this case, for me "Importance of personal storytelling".

Effective Coaching, did teach me three specific things. 1 - it is not easy to coach online. 2 - not to chose a book by its cover, a path by its title. 3 - look at the last required project! I did not realize, when I begun, it finished with a High Performance Leadership project. 

Dynamic Leadership, was an error in judgment, but still, it helped me. I have taken it for Negotiation project, and it did help me when I had to negotiate with VPE to give us time to speak, about Pathways, before its launching.

After the Team Collaboration, I did begun other paths, one of them in fact before TC.
Motivational Strategies, begun earlier, will take long to finish, as I decided to do all the Projects in it. Doing that takes time but it is a wonderful challenge for me. In plus, its theme is "photography" and I do try to show an important image each time I speak.

Embracing Humor, is the path I could not resist to take on, as soon as it was available. Finished Level 3 so far. I do love its content and approach on what IS important. Of course, dedicated to Humor. 

As the feedback today was "not enough on Team Collaboration Path" even if I consider it finished, I will try to give another speech in which I will try to give more details about that path. 

What was your preferred path? Less liked? Why?

10 May 2019

Tiny improvement? Just learned it!

There is no such thing as 'Tiny improvement" ! All are welcome. Tiny is only the small sign in the corner when you open a path, when you are inside a path.
I added an OVAL there so you can see where it is. If we click on it, the tiny sign takes us "Home" the same as the grey button that appears when we hover over Home and go under it takes us. To our paths. So, if we have, we can choose another path.

It tells me, perhaps soon, we could access the Tutorials and Compatibility check same way, and we will be getting rid of the "click on the grey under the button". I am an optimist.

Meanwhile, I suggest you try that button yourself, when you are on any level of your path.

Oups! Went back to that place, Level 4 for me, but there above any level, and discovered, there is more, not only the tiny HOME button.

Each of that leads to another place.
The tiny button leads HOME outside Educational Transcript. A click on my name leads to My Profile. The Education Transcript leads inside it. And the Engage Humor, in my case to the page where I can access the path from the beginning.

Try them out, one by one!

That is where HOME leads.

and that is where Education Transcript above the Level that I showed leads.
So click try experiment, with time it we learn and it is all there for us, depending what place we want to jump!

9 May 2019

April Stats from Toastmasters International & all Electives in BC

Have you seen this already?

Pathways introduced in 143 countries: 3 out of 5 members are enrolled already. 
2 out of 5 has yet to enroll of course. The project, say almost all, apply to the life outside toastmasters. In all Toastmasters begun 247,939 paths ! alas, only 147,006 are "active" members in at least level 1. 

Only 0,55 % of all members did chose a manual path, 99,45 did choose base camp to work on it online, and get access to all videos, and of course, all elective projects, instead to use only the 4 preselected for them.
Above, all the elective projects we have access to from when we get to the level, and from then on. To choose, to read, to download, to print. To enjoy and try them on.

8 May 2019

Prepared, prepared, had great panelists and guests but

Indeed, preparing, enjoying the diversity of panelists, listening to our guests also very diverse and from all over the world, and then crashed too tired to look at the recording I got.

Only 24 hours later, I got to look at it: all recorded on the "cloud" for me, without "screen" showing. I intended to cut in parts as 1 hour is too long, but without "showing what we have seen" is so strange.

The panel happened. I will be able to add bits here and there, not today! I am still too upset.

We can show separate the slides, or showing in direct basecamp, and separate us and listening of what we did tell.

Not together!

Indeed, anything can happen in direct or online, but... online went great.

The recording did not. Without text spoken or written this image does not make enough sense.

I will just add that NOW I understand why the project 2 has three different tasks and they are all one project, which yes, confuses at the beginning. Because in any level, inside any level, one can do projects in any order. It is only inside a Project, that one can give tasks to do in order.

In level one, we also learn, to differentiate between a Speech and a Project. A project may have many tasks to do, in order or in case of project 3 in any order, and only then give a speech about it in the way, or some of the way it is asked.

It was not a catastrophe as the Panel itself even if a bit confusing when well, was useful, and I still hope that my co-host recording went well too.

PS I found a version well recorded to a computer and then uploaded to the youtube. One whole hour, that I can not cut, or do not yet know how, as it was not recorded by me. Should I publish 1h?

7 May 2019

2 year anniversary of Level 1 Completion

For the flyer, I wanted to use TMI colors. I found an announcement, and taken out the old words first.

Then took the picture of my Pathways pin, to make sure all understand it is about Pathways and Toastmasters, not the baby's first steps.

First, I used my picture of steps to come up towards my apartment, then I googled I got something I liked better. Changed its colors.

Decided what text to add to it. Wanted the words First steps bigger, but did not get it and got tired of modifying it further. At the end changed the steps color and put the details of meeting under the pathways logo.

This morning I got a special gift from blogger, I discovered I got my first LEVEL 1 Certificate exactly two years ago. Then, someone on Facebook explained me how to find and print it too.
I got it printed as gift from my family, a week later. At the time, I did not have yet a printer.

What I do remember very well is the great joy I had : I did it! I did it! I got it! Never after was the joy so strong, not even when I finished the path or even not when I got my Pathways DTM.

I begun my pathways journey the 25 March and finished Level 1 and got it approved the 7 May, 2017

6 May 2019

Most visited posts

There is not only one Most Read Post in the blogger Stats. It depends. 

There are the ten for whole time, since the blogging begun.
There are ten for a year.
Ten for a month.

Even ten for the last week. That one I do not look or show.  Here how it looks when I look which post has the most page view, counting all the posts. 5 posts go beyond 1000 and the post I wrote 2 years ago "My main leadership style" obtained 1747 who looked. Hopefully, read it. 
That is how it can be seen for the last year on my blog, for the last year. 

There are some additional posts that many visited. Here some of the posts most visited remain the some, others are added. 

How many projects in a path?

How to get a certificate of Recognition - for pathways ambassador.

Most important, between them, in my point of view, are the Path rearranged as they belong together, from last year. Even if the Humor path was not yet out, it would get into the first category most recommended. 

Some advices for newcomers to Pathways, that is relatively new.

And if I look at the stats for the last month, it shows also something different. 

Ask our leader...

Generic Evaluation form

There are of course, also constant, number reading I never achieved again.
I even do not remember, what did I write about my leadership style and why it remains in the top. 

But "we were not told of meeting roles" really? is new, I did not write it so long ago, so I relatively happy it got to the top in last month.

I go rarely to look at my stats, nor to the total number of visits, now that I arrived to over 100,000. It will take long, long to get the 200,000 and of course, only if I find enough new material to write.

Not only new, but interesting enough too.

As to my "English", well it is mine, and it does not really bother many of you. Lately, I asked a post to be corrected, and after correcting the grammar of one paragraph, and the spelling of two words, I was told "the rest is just you", leave it as it is, we got used to it.

Ah! I even have at the bottom now, why are these post the "most seen". Let me go fast There, and verify it is different then this one! No, it has most then a year, January last year, and it was different