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It Takes a Zealot: Jinks Dabney at TEDxSunRiver

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

Jinks Dabney has persuasive communication skills and the ability and desire to teach those skills to others. As a child and young adult, Jinks struggled socially due to a speech impediment - stuttering. He eventually overcame his speech defect and fear of public speaking and went on to build a career that would allow him to "fight for the little guy."

He became a trial attorney, started a successful law practice and organized eight Toastmaster International Clubs while mentoring many attorneys and aspiring public speakers. Jinks received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah Law School. Jinks currently practices Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Law. He has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, and plans to continue practicing law "until it ceases to be fun". He is also a faithful Yankees fan and loves to "talk baseball".

A large portion of Jinks' energy has always been focused on helping others develop communication skills and overcome their fear of public speaking. As a professional speaker, Jinks is a member of the National Speakers Association Las Vegas chapter, and has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 25 years. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has received the Presidential Citation from the President of Toastmasters International for his accomplishments in helping others in the public speaking arena. Jinks is actively involved in his community as a member of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. George Exchange Club, and NAACP Salt Lake Branch, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission's Utah Advisory Committee.

He continually seeks for ways to contribute to and improve organizations throughout his community. Jinks has valuable insights and expertise as a negotiator, speaker, business owner, and father of four children - and he wants to share these insights. He loves people, and whether speaking to an individual or a large audience, he is determined to reach and inspire every one so they too can achieve their personal goals through powerful and effective communication.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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