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Competent Communicator

 

Left to Right, me, Francine Juhline, Secretary, Jax of All Trades club, and James Fawthrop, VP-Education, Orange Park Toastmasters

Left to Right, myself, Francine Juhlin, Secretary, JAX of All Trades club, and James Fawthrop, VP-Education, Orange Park Toastmasters – Photo courtesy Nathan Scherer

I just gave my 10th speech with Toastmasters International, qualifying as “Competent Communicator.” This is the first major achievement in Toastmasters International, and I did it in just over 6 months.

Well, sort of. I did my first three speeches years ago. But when the JAX of All Trades Toastmaster Club started last June, I joined as a charter member, and started all over again. Good thing, as I’d lost all my skills and gave my first speech with all the rookie mistakes possible. This makes me the first person in JAX of All Trades to achieve “Competent Communicator.”

The 10 speeches concentrate on developing specific competencies, such as speech organization, use of the stage, gestures, and so on. The goal is simply to make you competent – not the next Dalai Lama or Steve Jobs. You’re not going to be a keynote speaker, but are able to overcome the fear of public speaking, and not make a fool of yourself in the process.

I’m also a member of the Orange Park Toastmasters, for whom I am grateful for all the help and encouragement they’ve given me, and for helping out with the JAX of All Trades club. 394CC

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