Three reasons I stop hiding the fact that I stutter..

The truth is I used to hide stuttering as if I was hiding a crime. I could be stuttering and if someone asked me what was going on I would put my head down in shame.  It hurt me to the core of my sole and I would rather eat a food I hated than stutter on food I wanted. I am a diet soda fanatic. I was so excited when as an adult I could order a medium coke instead of a small. The dreaded “S” sounds but as a kid my parents did not want me ordering a larger size. I do not blame them. I remember waiting on line saying over and over in my head, small diet, small diet.  Sometimes it worked. Others I blocked so badly that I walked away. These are the three reasons I stopped hiding that I stutter… The National Stuttering Association-They […]

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Three best ways to gain confidence with public speaking……

Let’s be honest public speaking can be terrifying. It is said people fear it more than death. How can it be? Let me share a story with you that petrified me… When I first started private practice I was asked to speak to small groups of parents on speech related topics. My head would start to pound with anxiety. Sweating palms and a nervous stomach filled my days in anticipation of these events. The preparation was always worse than the event. I built up to teaching at a university and three hour workshops. This is what I learned: 1, Visualize the audience and practice. Read into a recorder and listen back. 2. Pause often.  Allow for some silence. 3. Look beyond the audience. Scan the audience. 4. Use visuals and take the concentration off yourself. 5. Talk with power. Take some breaths before you start.   Bottom line public speaking […]

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