Pathways Education System

Toastmasters offers 10 individualized Pathways:

Each Pathway has five levels:

  1. Mastering fundamentals

  2. Learning your style

  3. Increasing knowledge

  4. Building Skills

  5. Demonstrating expertise

Each pathway contains two to three projects per level for a total of at least 14 projects per path. Each project focuses on a single, specific theme to help members improve their communication and leadership skills in a particular area.


Chippewa Valley Toastmasters Open House, July 20, 2017

Come meet our members and learn about what we do.


July 20, 2017 @ Mt. Simon Park, Dells Pavilion, Eau Claire, WI

Grill warm at 6 PM and regular meeting will be held at 7 PM.   Bring your own food to grill (if any), a dish to pass, your own drinks, your own plates, eating utensils, etc.

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Public speaking skills are exercised through both prepared and impromptu speeches at every meeting. The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills that in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

May 18, 2017 Table Topics

Table topics are one to two minute impromptu speeches about a given subject. The Table Topics Master prepares several topics in advance and requests volunteers to speak on one of the topics. Since the speaker has no idea what the table topic is, this is a great opportunity for learning to speak off-the-cuff. Preference in table topics speaking is typically given to members that have no other meeting role or guests who would like to volunteer.

Jeff McRaven–famous for challenging table topics–was the Topics Master.

051817 Table Topics Jeff Topics Master

Sheila Wilkinson responded to the question, “How long would you keep a friend if they talked to you like you speak to yourself?”

051817 Table Topics Sheila Wilkinson

Julie Court pondered, “When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?”

051817 Table Topics Julie Court

Eric Goetz worked his way through the ethical dilemma, “Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong?”

051817 Table Topics Eric Goetz


TIPS from a toastmaster. Tackling project 4

Jeff McRaven discusses how he tackled project 4 of the Competent Communication handbook.

Title – The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Project 4 is all about using correct grammar. That’s simple for me ‘cause I talk goodly.  In fact, I’m probably the bestest talker I know.  Like totally, you know?

In truth, my mother was an English major.  When I was naughty, she made me read Edmund Spenser poetry.  I was a VERY good child.

The main thing here is to watch your um’s and ah’s, pronounce everything correctly, and stay away from jargon and slang.  In short, use correct English.  The best piece of advice I can offer is to stay within yourself.  By that I mean don’t try to use words you don’t ordinarily use.  If it sounds odd to you, it will sound odd to your audience.

‘Slow down’ is good advice too.  If you talk fast, you are more bound to slur words together or clip the ends of words.  That’s a sure-fire way to turn “thrust” into “thruss”.