99% of people who stutter don't have a speech problem!
Stuttering, or stammering, is a symptom. Speech therapy may alleviate the symptom but it doesn't address the underlying causes of the stutter; very much like taking an aspirin to relieve a headache but doing little to address the cause of the headache.
So, unless you have a physical defect that causes you to stutter 100% of the time in 100% of situations, you are probably one of the 99% of people who can cure their stuttering without speech therapy.
It may be easier than you think.
Here's my story.
I started stuttering when I was a little kid and stuttered for over forty years; see my article “I stuttered for 47 years and then I didn’t”.
I have been to more speech therapists than I care to remember and read a mountain of books on stuttering. Many of the speech therapists and books helped me to manage my stutter but none helped me to overcome it.
Stuttering during my teenage years was traumatic! Morning roll-call at an all-boys boarding school was a daily misery!
I got so desperate that I considered cutting out my tongue so that I had a 'real' reason not to speak. I also considered taking a vow of silence and never speaking again.
Thankfully my desire to speak was stronger than my desire to quit trying.
By the time I was twenty I had started to develop fairly effective techniques to manage my stutter reasonably well. When times were good, these techniques helped me to ‘get around’ 90% of my stutter.
But 90% wasn't good enough because the remaining 10% was so unpredictable, it could strike at any moment.
And because that remaining 10% was so unpredictable it ruled my life. I was a stutterer whether I was stuttering or not.
I was always afraid of stuttering.
I was afraid of some situations 100% of the time; even if I didn't stutter, I never knew when the next time would happen.
My stutter dictated so many choices; from simple choices to major career decisions. For example, at a restaurant I would avoid ordering meals with words that were hard to say simply to avoid the embarrassment of stuttering. But, more seriously, stuttering influenced many important career decisions. I wanted to be a teacher but I suffered from migraine headaches when I stuttered too much, so I chose careers that didn’t rely too much on speaking.
All that changed in 2009 when I found out that stuttering wasn’t a ‘speech problem’ and that I had been focusing on the symptom and not the cause.
I didn't stutter all the time. I never stuttered when thinking or singing. I never stuttered when talking to myself. Sometimes my stutter was worse than at other times. And some situations were worse than others.
My breakthrough came when I purchased a speech-recognition program. Before I could use the program I had to train it to recognise my speech by reading a few paragraphs from the manual. I could read fluently when the microphone was off but as soon as I switched the microphone on, I stuttered and, as a result, was unable to train the program. I learned a valuable lesson that day that lead to my breakthrough;
How could my stutter be a speech problem if I didn’t stutter all the time?
Within 30 days I had achieved ‘functional fluency’ and my speech got better and better. A year after my breakthrough I began coaching and training. Better late than never, eh?
You can read more about my experience in my article “I stuttered for 47 years and then I didn’t”.
Over Twelve Years of Functional Fluency.
What does that mean?
Quite simply, it means that, for the past twelve years, stuttering has not been a factor in my day-to-day life. I speak fluently 99.999% of the time.
I understand the underlying cause of the stutter and, if stuttering ever raises its head, I know how to deal with it. In fact, I usually only stutter when I talk about stuttering! And that was the main reason I never offered to teach what I had learned. I wasn’t perfect.
But when I considered the incredible value I have gained from this insight and approach, I decided that, perfect or not, it was time to share it. The idea of “functional fluency’ proved to be the deciding factor. I am not perfect and I do not have to be. I have a twelve-year track record of victory over my stutter, that’s ‘functional fluency’, and it must count for something.
Most importantly, I no longer think of myself as a stutterer and have no fear of stuttering.
If ‘functional fluency’ appeals to you, then read on.
Get My Free Personal Assessment.
We are all unique and one solution won’t cure all causes of stuttering. But I am sure of one thing; we are all similar and what works for some could work for others.
Learn the basic recipe and then modify it to suit your personal needs. That is what the Breakthrough Coaching Program is all about.
So I invite you to download the FREE Assessment (no email required) that will help you to analyse your stutter. Complete the form and I will also send you two free tools that you can start using right away.
If you are willing to invest as little as 30 minutes a day, I believe that most stutterers could achieve “functional fluency” in as little as 30 to 90 days.
Are you willing to invest 30 minutes a day for 30 to 90 days?
Yes? Then click the PDF image and download the FREE Assessment to get started today (no email required)!
Get Two Free Tools
Three Steps to a Breakthrough.
The three steps have been designed to reduce your risk and allow your confidence in the process to grow. If you gain value from the Free Assessment, simply take the next step and book an Assessment Review. If you gain value from the Assessment Review and feel comfortable with the process, take the next step and apply for the Breakthrough Coaching Program. I offer a “No Benefit, No Cost” guarantee, which means that I only accept clients onto the Breakthrough program if I believe the prospects for success are good.
This will take about an hour to complete
A 90-minute review of your completed assessment and introduction to the methodology of the Breakthrough Coaching Program.
A four-week Breakthrough Coaching Program designed to achieve 'functional fluency' within 30 to 90 days
Note: To make my fee as affordable as possible, I have reduced my fee to 50% of my TOP Small Business Consulting fee. I have also introduced a 3-way sponsorship package for the Breakthrough Coaching Program where my fee is split equally between sponsor, sponsored client and myself.
My “No Benefit, No Cost” Guarantee.
My goal is to help you achieve “functional fluency” within 90 days.
If you are willing to put in a consistent, daily effort for 90 days and do not achieve a satisfactory level of ‘functional fluency’, I will refund your full fee. Reasonable ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ terms and conditions apply.
The sponsorship program has been included to address two obstacles namely, personal affordability and weak national currencies.
As a general principle, I offer five sponsored programs per month where my fee is split equally between the sponsor, the sponsored client and myself;
- Sponsor: R2,525 ($151)
- Client: R2,525 ($151)
- Myself: R2,600 ($153)
Be sceptical, not cynical.
By all means be sceptical of any claims but please don't be cynical until you've checked it out properly. While scepticism is healthy, cynicism never got anyone anywhere.
If your stutter has plagued you with frustration and misery then you owe it to yourself and your awesome potential to gain the victory over it and not to rest until you do.
That was my commitment to myself thirty years ago and I never let up until I found the cure for my stutter. I encourage you to do the same; never give up, never accept defeat. It is the only way to win!
If you are serious about beating your stutter then accept my challenge. You may have been disappointed before but that is no excuse not to try again. In fact, Henry Ford said that
“Failure is just another opportunity to start again more intelligently!”
So keep trying, every experience is a lesson, some lessons are better than others.
I sincerely hope and trust that I can help you to overcome your stutter.