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Austin Patkos

Austin Patkos

Founder

I love the tag, "Jaunty The Gym for Your Social Life". I think this best describes Jaunty.


Let me explain.


I worked in the fitness industry or some variation of it for over 10 years before switching paths. When I worked in the fitness industry one of the things that we saw time and time again was although there was no shortage of information, there was a shortage of guidance and direction in the industry at that time.

Sure there were hundreds of magazines, DVDs, articles and exercises out there but no one really ever guided people. We started to pick up on this and we started running group bootcamps, instructor lead seminars and classes. We found that people often got the best results when in a group or a class for many reasons.

To name a few, group accountability, comradery built and when it was structured people could build upon what they already learned.


So what about Jaunty? I was always into personal self development. I read many of the classic books on investing, finance, education, fitness and communication. I read 'How to Win Friends and Influence People', I watched many online videos, I watched Tony Robbins, I even took a few online video classes. They were good, but something was lacking.

I used to think "Man if only I had a friend that I could talk to about this, that could push me or check in or that could just talk to a bit to see a different perspective on a situation".


I was scrolling through Instagram one day and saw an ad for Jaunty.  I thought 'Sure, sounds interesting.....let's take a look.' Poked around for a bit and left my info on a form.


I expected to get some generic email back, instead I got an email back asking to set up a Zoom call. Hopped on a zoom call and that really stuck out to me. It was someone I could have instant feedback with. So I went ahead and signed up for the class.


I thought the class was really interesting and thought provoking, even going a bit into human psychology and interaction. In addition to the classes themselves you have a group of like minded people who can take you further. There are challenges that force you to get out of your comfort zone.


I want people to understand that no matter where you are in life, improving communication skills can help, asking your boss for a raise, making a sales presentation, meeting a new person, asking out that person on a date, starting a new job the list goes on and on.

I think that many people think that either you're a social person or you're not. You label yourself as an introvert or an extrovert. And it simply isn't the case. Many, many people including myself struggled with anxiety. What better way to kill anxiety than to build up one's confidence? What better way to build up confidence in communicating than to learn the skills to improve communication?

Austin Patkos - Jaunty Alumni

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