About

As a pastor of 15 years, Jon had ample opportunity to speak in public, sometimes four or five times a week.  He has served in a diverse range of congregations, Assembly of God, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Anglican from Minnesota, South Dakota to Utah.  He learned public speaking skills the hard way – one boring presentation after another – before realizing he needed to try something new to communicate more effectively.  He improved his skills drastically and became a trusted and competent communicator.  He is a public speaking mentor to several people in his community.

FamilyHis public speaking experience also includes being a (story teller) member of the Park City StoryTellers Guild, writer for the ‘Tales from the Wasatch Back’ local radio series, facilitator of public speaking workshops, sex education presenter for adolescents, summer camp teacher, community youth mentor, youth worker representative and alliance member, Rotary board member, private school teacher, founder and board member of a Toastmasters Club, and Venue Manager and Event Coordinator for the Sundance Film Festival.

As a business owner (panorama window cleaning and bitethemango graphic design), Jon has constant opportunities to communicate with current and future clients.  He understands the importance of strong communication skills – with out them, quality ideas and skills can be overlooked.  This winner of several pubic speaking competitions is helping people improve their communication skills.

Toastmasters

Jon started the Park City Toastmasters club in 2000 as a way to meet people and improve communication and leadership skills. Having not known anything about Toastmasters, he was pleasantly suprised just how valuable the club experience came to be. Toastmasters provides a weekly opportunity to practice communication and leadership skills through the use of evaluation.

Jon has discovered that, like all clubs, each Toastmaster club has its own personality that shapes its success. The Park City Club has had a rich history of members that are committed to working hard at self-improvement and who are business savvy and competent in many arenas.

Since joining Toastmasters, Jon has won several speech contests (2009 District Evaluation and the 2008 Division Tall Tale). Jon serves as a mentor to several of the clubs members. Visit the Park City Toastmasters Club.

Storytelling

Jon joined the once active Park City Storytellers Guild not long after starting the Toastmasters Club. Having had a knack for telling stories, the idea of becoming a ‘real storyteller’ intrigued him. He has performed in story telling concerts and in public school classrooms. In 2009 Jon was asked to be a contributor to the local radio station program TALES FROM THE WASATCH BACK.  In 2011 he won a GOLD award from the Utah Broadcasting Association for his radio storytelling. Learn more…

Coaching

Over the years Jon has had the opportunity to mentor many members of his Toastmasters club. Jon helped a couple of his club members refined their speeches for competition and each of them has went to compete at the District Level of toastmasters, winning multiple awards. That has evolved into being asked to present many workshops with in Toastmasters and with in the Business world.

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