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Toastmasters creates confident communicators at CMS JMG

By: Dawna Jean Turchon, President-Kennebec Valley Toastmasters

Ryan Sweeney JMG Specialist-China Middle School

Eighth-grade JMG students at CMS participated in a four-session program called Speechcrafters offered by Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization that provides a supportive and positive learning experience where members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

At CMS, Speechcrafters, instructed by Dawna-Jean Turchon and Brian Heath, focused on the basics in communication: body language, vocal variety, eye contact, and grammar.  According to student Lorenzo Michaud, “the biggest impact was building my confidence using gestures and eye contact with my audience. I know I will be a better communicator because of Speechcrafters.” Cailee Elsasser added that, “Brian and Dawna made it a comfortable atmosphere where you get constructive feedback and no negativity or judgment.”  

For more information on Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org. For more information on Kennebec Valley Toastmasters, visit www.kvtm.toastmastersclubs.org.

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