by Steven Timmons DTM
Do you take the time to read your Pathways project BEFORE you deliver your speech? Do you find it a challenge to take the 30 minutes or less to read the topic because you are too busy? The project content provides a roadmap to help each of us deliver a speech and is worth the 30 minutes to read for both new and experienced speakers.
Without a plan or map it is hard to reach your destination. It’s not impossible, but will the result be the best that it can be – likely not. Pathways projects provide information related to a specific skill or technique, including developmental directions. Examples of skills and abilities to develop – use better gestures, provide better evaluations, identify the impact or benefits of networking, blogging, or creating a podcast. The projects rely upon your unique experiences and knowledge because they provide just enough information to allow you to create speeches related to your personalities and capabilities.
I have accessed my online Pathways curriculum while at the airport waiting to board a plane, sitting at home waiting for my program to start, and early in the morning when I can absorb the content with a fresh mind. Pathways can be accessed 24/7 anyplace that you have internet access. Most projects take approximately 30 minutes to read. After reading the project and doing the task such as serving as an officer for 6 months or completing a project to benefit your club, you get to deliver a speech to your fellow club members on your experience – what did you learn, what challenged you, or anything you choose. The speech can be informative, instructional, or humorous – again the choice is up to you.
In a minimal amount of time, you can access your Pathways curriculum on your schedule then deliver a speech based on your experience. What could be easier? Are you ready to begin your next project?