Categories for public speaking

Why adults who stutter should consider speech therapy?

Many of us who stutter have gone for some type of speech therapy in our lives.  Some positive and some not. Insurance is an issue for many of us as it is often not covered. I understand it is frustrating when one thing does not work but I can tell you I tried many things before I found a combination of various strategies involving fluency and public speaking as well as positive coaching with a little NLP involved. It was basically a mixture of ice cream, steak and potatoes until I found out what worked. I never gave up and never will. However I have to ask don’t we as adults deserve help? Do we have to invest only in our kids and give up on self care? Today a young man who took an intensive stuttering program told me he had not talked fluently since the age of 3. […]


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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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Ideas to practice speech and conquer speaking fears….

Icebreaker Questions List Here is a list of icebreaker questions to use in social situations: This came from Indeed. Great ideas…. “What would you be” questions A great way to break the ice is by activating people’s imagination using familiar topics. The following quick, easy questions allow you to engage individuals you don’t know very well. If you could be cast in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and which character would you want to play? If you could meet any historical figure, either living or deceased, who would you choose and why? If you could choose only one place to go on vacation for the rest of your life, where would it be and why? If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why? If you could pick up a certain skill instantly, what would it be? If you had a […]


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Three tips to overcome public speaking fears..

Public Speaking and Fear: Public speaking is one of the most feared situations in the world.  It is often ranked feared more than death. Yet, in schools and life, people are thrown into public speaking situations without much preparation. It can bring out anxiety and intense feelings of  fears of failure.  High school and college students I treat report dread and avoidance with speaking. I hear reports of people paralyzed with headaches, stomach ailments and at times bed ridden. Parents call crying that their children will not go to school and are vomiting.  What advice can we give people afraid of speaking? Many I treat stutter but others are speak fluently. A Fearful experience public speaking: Let me share a story with you…Back in graduate school I had to give a presentation to the community on speech and language development in children.  I had never even raised my hand in […]


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