Micky, Minneapolis

My friends call me “Micky”, and I’m from Minneapolis, USA. I’m 52 years old. I’m on the police force. I started to stutter at a very young age. I have taken many speech therapies without much success. Now that I’m a police officer, effective and quick communication is essential, but I felt that my stuttering was holding me back from getting promoted. So, I decided to do something about it. 

One day, I discovered Lee. G. Lovett’s “Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures book” and it changed my life. I read the book and it gave me hope. I, immediately signed up as a “Stuttering plan member”. I was coached by Coach Prathusha and she helped me in understanding the concepts better. I did my home work diligently. I read using the crutches, every day for at least 30 minutes. I also did my mind training twice a day. Initially, I found it hard to use the crutches every time, but later when I consciously focused on the crutches while speaking, my speech gradually improved boosting my confidence. My bad incidents reduced drastically and I was able to speak fluently in front of my colleagues. I was so happy that I was able to finally put an end to stuttering. 

Although, I was fluent most of the times, I found it really hard to consciously use the crutches under pressure. I would completely go blank when stressed, and I would forget to use the crutches. My old fears came up shattering my confidence but I never gave up. I was a good speech cop and would stop speaking when a fear/threat came up. My favourite crutches are word linkage and speaking like a crutch King because these crutches smoothened my choppy speech. 

I still have to practice the crutches and do my ASTs 2X daily, as it takes a while to build a habit. But I’m determined to do it. I also need to expand my comfort zone by 10%, week after week. I would like to thank Coach Lee for writing such an amazing book. This has truly changed my life and has given me hope. I highly recommend this book to every stutterer in this world. And it is made much easier by the videos, courses, etc. that you will find at SAC at

MICKY, Minneapolis, April 2021


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