Motivational Strategies
Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals

Icebreaker
This foundational project is designed to introduce you to your club and the skills you need to begin your Toastmasters journey.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce yourself to the club and learn the basic structure of a public speech.
Overview: Write and deliver a speech about any topic to introduce yourself to the club. Your speech may be humorous, informational, or any other style that appeals to you.
This project includes: 
- A 4- to 6-minute speech

Evaluation and feedback
This project addresses the skills needed to give and receive feedback. You will learn about giving, receiving and applying feedback.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to present a speech on any topic, receive feedback, and apply the feedback to a second speech.
Overview: Choose any topic for your first 5- to 7-minute speech. After your speech, carefully review your feedback. At a different club meeting, present a 5- to 7-minute speech in which you incorporate feedback from your first speech. You may choose to present the same speech again or a new speech. Your second speech should reflect some or all of the feedback from your first speech. Finally, after you have completed both speeches, serve as an evaluator at a club meeting and deliver constructive feedback about another member's presentation.
This project includes:
- A 5- to 7-minute speech
- Incorporating feedback from your first speech into a second 5- to 7-minute speech
- Serving as a speech evaluator

Researching and presenting
This project addresses topic selection strategies, suggestions for research and methods for producing a well organised speech.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn or review basic research methods and present a well-organised, well-researched speech on any topic.
Overview: Select a topic that you are not already familiar with or that you wish to learn more about. Be sure your topic is narrow enough to be an effective 5- to 7-minute speech. Research the topic and begin organising the information, as described in this project. Practice your speech and continue to refine its organisation. Present your speech at a club meeting.
This project includes:
- Researching a topic
- The Research Worksheet
- The Speech Outline Worksheet
- A 5- to 7-minute speech

Level 2 Learning Your Style

Understanding your communication style
This project focuses on recognising your preferred communication style and understanding how your style impacts your interactions with others.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn about different communication styles and identify your primary style.
Overview: Complete the Discover Your Communication Style questionnaire to help you identify your style. Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting about your communication style and its impact on your professional and/or personal relationships. If you are uncomfortable discussing your communication style, you may speak about the communication styles you have encountered and how they impact you. Your speech should not be a report of the content of this project.
This project includes:
- The Discover Your Communication Style questionnaire
- A 5- to 7-minute speech 

Active listening
This project covers the difference between hearing and listening, and steps for exploring the ways listening helps build strong, lasting connections.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your ability to listen to what others say.
Overview: At a club meeting, fulfill the role of Topicsmaster. As Topicsmaster, comment on each speaker's Table Topics® speech to demonstrate your active listening skills. For example, you might say, "Thank you. That was a compelling opinion on the benefits of gardening. I understand you feel strongly that everyone needs to spend some time doing something they love."
This project includes:
- Serving as Topicsmaster at a club meeting

Introduction to toastmasters mentoring
This project introduces the value of mentorship and the Toastmasters view of mentors and protégés.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to clearly define how Toastmasters envisions mentoring.
Overview: Write and present a 5- to 7-minute speech about a time when you were a protégé. Share the impact and importance of having a mentor. This speech is not a report on the content of this project.
Note: Every member in Toastmasters Pathways must complete this project.
This project includes:
- A 5- to 7-minute speech 

Level 3 Increasing Knowledge

Understanding emotional intelligence
This project addresses elements of emotional intelligence. It is designed to help you understand your own emotions and the emotions of others.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to cultivate an understanding of how your emotions impact your relationships. It is also designed to help you identify how others' emotions impact your emotional state.
Overview: For a minimum of two weeks, keep a journal about your emotions and how they impact you and others. Discuss the impact of tracking your emotions in a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting. (Note: You are not required to share the intimacies of your experience.) Finally, submit the signed Project Completion Form to your vice president education to indicate you completed your journal.
This project includes:
- A journal you maintain for a minimum of two weeks
- The Project Completion Form
- A 5- to 7-minute speech

LEVEL 4 Building Skills

Motivate others
This project focuses on how people are motivated. It is designed to help you build your leadership skills by effectively motivating team members.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to motivate team members through the completion of a project.
Overview: Build a team of three to four people to help you create and complete a project to benefit your club. Use the information in the project to develop motivational strategies for each team member. After the project, you may choose to ask team members and at least one club officer to complete a 360° evaluation to give you feedback on your communication and leadership. Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting about your experience. Your speech is not a report on the content of this project.
This project includes:
- Building and motivating a team to complete a project that benefits your club
- The Team-Building Activities resource
- The 360° Evaluation resource
- A 5- to 7-minute speech

Plus ONE elective

LEVEL 5 Demonstrate Expertise

Team building
This project addresses the benefits of team building. It is designed to help you build a sense of collaboration and trust within a team completing a project.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to build a cohesive team and host an event
Overview: Build and work with a small team to design and host a team-building event, either in your Toastmasters club or another environment. Any non-Toastmasters event must be approved by your club's vice president education and attended by a member of your club leadership team. Before the event, deliver a 2- to 3-minute report at a club meeting to share your plans. After the event, deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech to your club. The content of the speech is up to you, but needs to be about your event, the impact of leading on you and your team, or the impact of building a team on you as a leader.
Note: When considering projects to complete, refer to future projects on your path. You may be able to use the assignment in this project to help you prepare for the completion of an upcoming project.
This project includes:
- Working with a small team to design and host a team-building event
- The Team-Building Activities resource
- The Team-Building Event Evaluation resource
- A 2- to 3-minute report
- A 5- to 7-minute speech

Plus ONE elective

Reflect on your path
This project is designed to give you an opportunity to share your experience at the end of your path.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to reflect on your growth during the completion of an entire path.
Overview: At a club meeting, present a 10- to 12-minute speech to share your experience completing your path. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on how far you have come, summarise the skills you have learned and developed, and to celebrate your achievements. Your speech can be humorous, informational, or any style that that appeals to you and supports your speech content.
This project includes:
- The Your Toastmasters Journey resource
- A 10- to 12-minute speech