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Linda, New Jersey

I have a BA, MBA and I just received an M.D., and I am now an Internal Medicine Resident.  I’m 28 and live in New Jersey.  I started stuttering when I was 9.  I had an uncle and a grandmother who also stuttered.  Mine was generally mild growing up, but it was sometimes devasting under pressure.  I couldn’t say one word on the phone.  My biggest issues were speaking to groups, authority figures and of course on the phone.  

While I was training to be a medical doctor, the ceiling fell in on me.  I wanted to quit and almost did quit several times, because I stuttered so badly during presentations that my examiners had to read the case because they were getting no information from me.  I literally battled to get every word out.  Each word was becoming a miracle.  My stuttering was getting worse and worse by the day.  I was in panic mode.  

I didn’t have the money or time to pursue speech therapy, but I found Coach Lee’s Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures, on Amazon and that was a real miracle.  It opened my eyes to so many things.  I didn’t really have to stutter.  There were ways, things that I could do to speak in a normal way. He laid out many steps, many ways to avoid it, ways to reform my mind.  It gave me so much hope.   I listened to his audible version of the 2nd Edition and then read the 3rd.  I also got Power’s Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis, which he recommended.  I began to become optimistic about stopping stuttering.

I then Skyped with Lee a few times and many more times with Coach Tasneem, an attorney from South Africa, who helped me a great deal. They even did “emergency sessions” with me to help me get ready for presentations. I can’t thank her or Coach Lee enough!  As I wrote them, “I thank you for existing.”  For a long time, I was so embarrassed with my speech, even when talking to them, that I wouldn’t allow them to stream or record our sessions.  Finally, my embarrassment subsided enough and I allowed streaming.

Still, my cure did not follow a straight line.  I got better and spoke much better but then would have a nasty fall-back.  It seemed that my fear and anxiety were so extreme that I was unable to use the Crutches, and I dragged my words  embarrassingly.  Truth was that I was so busy with medical work that I was not practicing the Crutches, and I just didn’t know how to use them. 

Now, it’s been about two months since my last speech disaster.  I have become good enough with a few of the Crutches to avoid them.  Lately, I’ve been using speaking softly, slowly and using extreme pronunciation.  I also drop the first  letter or syllable of quite a few words.  I also use a sound and jam the feared word  into it.   All in all, I don’t sound disabled.    If you want to hear me speak, go here:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBUBwao7mMk

Still, I’m not finished working on my speech.  I do want to learn to love to speak in all situations.  So, I intend to stay on the program:  Doing multiple daily mind-training treatments, reading aloud, and using the Crutches to keep them fresh.  I’m also going to join SpeechMasters Club (https://speechanxiety.com/speech-club/), which is tailored to those who have or used to have speech anxiety issues.  I’m also going to Toastmasters.  

Finally, I’m going to keep at this until I can say stuttering was a blessing in my life, as Lee constantly insists.  He and Tasneem did it; so, why not me?

So what’s my advice?  These methods work; they are life changing.  It’s your turn.  Way too many of us have proved it.  Recently, Lee’s methods have been made much more user friendly by Speech Anxiety Cures (https://speechanxiety.com/), the world’s first and only organization run by those dedicated to removing stuttering from the planet and they even have a staff of EX-stutterers to guide stutterers.  So, I’m just one more voice saying: You can stop stuttering, too.   I hope that you will.

LINDA, New Jersey, June 2020  

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