Toastmasters 'Competent Communicator Award' recipients

Photo submitted — Pictured are Toastmaster members, Robert Javens and Amy Goode, who were the recent recipients of the Elk County Toastmasters "Competent Communicator Award".

Elk County Toastmasters is pleased to announce that members Robert Javens of DuBois and Amy Goode of Ridgway are new recipients of the Toastmasters “Competent Communicator Award”, based upon their delivery of 10 speeches that showcase core elements of public speaking.
Javens became aware of Toastmasters while attending a special presentation at a DuBois Rotary Club meeting. He was impressed enough to check it out and join.
“Toastmasters is structured in a way that allows me to progress at my own pace. It has greatly improved my ability to communicate, whether one-on-one or speaking to a large audience. I have lost most of my nervous jitters when I speak in front of an audience because I am better at organizing my thoughts,” shared Javens.
Ridgway resident Amy Goode joined Toastmasters when she accepted a new position with the Community Education Council in St. Marys that required her to attend business meetings and give public presentations. Toastmasters teaches a variety of techniques including speech organization, vocal variety, body language, and use of visual aids, complemented by feedback from fellow members that help speakers recognize where they need to improve.

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