Persuasive Influence
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 leadership style
This project is designed to introduce the different styles of leadership and help you identify your preferred style.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to identify your primary leadership style or styles.
Overview: Complete the Discover Your Leadership Style questionnaire. Consider how your leadership style impacts the people around you and how you can adjust it to more effectively lead people with styles different from your own. Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting to share some aspect of your leadership style or leadership styles in general. You may choose to discuss your style preferences when working with others, your style and how you can adapt it to situations, or leadership styles in general and how they impact a group.
This project includes:
- The Discover Your Leadership 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 conflict resolution
This project is designed to introduce conflict resolution strategies and provide an opportunity to resolve a conflict scenario within an interactive activity.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to develop or enhance your understanding of the steps and strategies to address conflict.
Overview: Complete the conflict resolution video activity in the project. Prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech to discuss how you manage conflict, how you can develop a stronger strategy, and your best attributes in a conflict situation. You may also share the impact of the video activity. Your speech may be humorous, informational, or any style that appeals to you. This project is not a report on or a critique of the content of this project.
This project includes:
- A conflict resolution video activity
- A 5- to 7-minute speech

LEVEL 4 Building Skills

Leading in difficult situations
This project focuses on the fundamentals of managing challenges, analysing difficult situations and identifying best strategies for overcoming adversity.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice strategies for adjusting to unexpected changes to a finalised plan.
Overview: Design and complete a project plan for any event or set of goals. Your plan may be real or hypothetical. Add as many details to your plan as possible for the best success of this project. In a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting, share your plan. Distribute copies of the Plan Disruption Ideas resource to club members and allow them 2 to 3 minutes to discuss possible disruptions to your plan. Listen and present impromptu solutions to the disruptions introduced by club members. The total time to complete this assignment in a club meeting is 15 to 20 minutes.
This project includes:
- Designing a detailed project plan
- The Project Plan resource
- The Project Plan Overview resource
- The Plan Disruption Ideas resource
- A 5- to 7-minute speech to share your plan
- An impromptu speech to present solutions to disruptions

Plus ONE Elective

LEVEL 5 Demonstrate Expertise

High performance leadership
The focus of this project is to design and complete a project with well-defined goals, lead a team and be accountable to a guidance committee.
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to apply your leadership and planning knowledge to develop a project plan, organise a guidance committee, and implement your plan with the help of a team.
Overview: Select a project to complete with a team of at least three other members. Form a guidance committee and meet at least five times through the duration of the project. Deliver a 5-to 7-minute speech at a club meeting to introduce your plan and vision. After you implement the plan, deliver a second 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting to share your experience developing and completing your plan.
This project includes:
- Selecting, leading, and completing a project with a team
- Forming and meeting with a guidance committee at least five times
- The Guidance Committee Introduction resource
- The Meeting Agenda resource
- The Project Plan Overview resource
- The Project Plan resource
- The Vision Plan resource
- The Event Planning Worksheet
- The 360° Evaluation resource
- Two 5- to 7-minute speeches

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