Navigating life with 80% fluency. This is my life with all its trials and tribulations as a person who stutters. I believe in the power of positivity and I use it in my daily struggles with stuttering. I fight every day with fluency but I win that fight EVERY SINGLE DAY. As a husband, a father, a USAF Gulf War Veteran, and as an entrepreneur, I use many tools in my tool belt to become successful in all my endeavors. My goal is to share my journey so that others can see it is possible to be confident, determined, and live a life of positivity. If you are a PWS, you are not alone!
When you put your positive thoughts and energy out in the universe, you can create your own reality. During my years of personal development, I read many great books by Mel Robbins, Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Les Brown and many others that helped me realize that I have the power to change my life for the better.
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It is true that we learn something new everyday and today is no different. I came across a great tool to use if you are ever pulled over by the police, asked a question or to just educate people what what stuttering is. This helpful tool looks like a business card but on the front of this card states, "I am a person who stutters". The card explains what Stuttering is so that we can erase the stigma that is associated with this condition. I wish this was around when I was pulled over by the police (twice for speeding) and it would have made the experience a little more bearable. Instead, I was spuddering, spitting, and trying to say my name. If I had this card, I would have been able to give it to the officer and hopefully it would explain my lack of answering his questions. I am all about education and I try to educate as many people as I can about stuttering so that with understanding comes compassion and empathy.
For more information on how to obtain your card for free, visit: www.StutteringHelp.org
You can also contact them at (800) 992-9392
For those who want to see the video version of this podcast, I will be recording it this weekend so log onto YouTube to see my video on "My Stuttering Life". I believe that there is healing in sharing.
Today's featured guest is Matice Ahnjamine. Matice is a published author of first her book titled: The Product of My Selfishness: The Stutter and the Story. As someone who stutters, Matice wanted to encourage and educate stutterers and non-stutterers alike about the challenges people who stutter face. Keeping with that same mission, she started a YouTube channel in July 2017 that focuses on how she and others can live their best life with a stutter. Through YouTube, she has a platform that spans six of the seven continents. (She is determined to find someone who stutters in Antarctica!)
No matter what she is doing or where she is going, Matice lives by two mottos: “Progress, not perfection,” and “Onward and upward.” Always, in all ways.
Matice is an inspiration to everyone and for more information, you can visit her on:
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJ4zhgJvtgqLGkJiinYUqQ
Today’s podcast has a special guest, Jason Curtis. Mr. Curtis has been involved with horses and horse shows for the majority of his life. For many years he had operated Oakridge Farms, a breeding & boarding operation in Florida, but decided to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time horse show announcer. He started announcing at a local horse show when he was asked to fill in for the regular announcer. The rest as they say is history, today he announces shows nationwide. In addition to announcing, Jason is producing his equine podcast series “Welcome to the Barn” available on all major podcast directories including iTunes and Google Play. He has been featured in World Dressage News, has announced the equestrian portion of the Modern Pentathlon and in January of 2015 he announced the first ever USEF recognized Western Dressage show. He is a regular announcer at many hunter and jumper shows in Florida and dressage shows up and down the East coast of the United States. Mr. Curtis is also a person who stuttered as a young man, but has learned ways to mostly control his stutter.
I would like thank Mr. Curtis for his bravery in sharing his story for the first time on this podcast as a person who stutters; there’s healing in sharing.
For more information on Jason Curtis, you can visit his website: https://seeyouatx.com
I would like to answer thank my listeners: Woody Robert Gallagher, Ann Kulichik, Andre Magno & George Molina for their great question submissions for this interview.
Today's podcast has a special guest, Vince Vawter. Mr. Vawter retired after a 40-year career in newspapers, most recently as the president and publisher of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press. Mr. Vawter is a published author of two books and his debut novel, PAPERBOY, received a Newbery Honor award in 2014. The story is based on his real-life experience growing up in the 1950s as a person who stutters. We discuss the origins of his stutter, his family history, speech therapy, and his advice for parents and teachers. Mr. Vawter speaks at local schools and is an inspiration to stutterers and non-stutterers. For more information on Vince Vawter, you can visit his website www.vincevawter.com to learn more and get your copy of Paperboy & Copyboy.
Over my 43+ years of stuttering, I've learned many techniques to help with my fluency. One of those techniques is talking in front of the mirror. In this technique, I am cognizant of my facial expressions and through practice, I can improve my overall delivery. I have practiced in front of the mirror from 30 mins to over an hour for days because you've heard the old saying, "Practice makes perfect".
If you have used this technique, please let me know by clicking the link at the bottom of the page and sending me a voice message. If you have a voice recorder app on your mobile device, you can also record a voice message and email that voice message to: email@example.com
If you send me a voice message, I will put it in my next podcast episode.
You are not in this alone, we are all in this together and if we can learn from one another then that is a blessing.
This episode is not about sports but more about job interviews. If you are a PWS (person who stutters) or even a non-stutterer, we've all had those job interviews that were less than favorable. In my experience, every job interview that I have crashed & burned, I learned from and applied that knowledge to the next interview. My motto is that I'm going to fail myself to success. Check out this episode on the little secret that they don't tell you about regarding job interviews.
Are you aware of the people around you? I'm talking those individuals in your inner circle who are negative and drain your energy on a daily basis. Plus, those people around you who don't want for you to succeed and they keep you at their level because it's where their comfort level is. I call these two groups: Vampires & Crabs In a Bucket. If you surround yourself with positive people and let go of those Vampires and Crabs In A Bucket, you will see a definete change in your outlook. As a stutterer, those Vampires drained my energy and I was living a life of constant exhaustion. Those Crabs In A Bucket always told me to stay where I was and not to "achieve anything". After I let those negative people go, my life changed for the better. I only surround myself with positive people who are going to lift me up and push me out of my comfort zone. My only regret is I wish I had done this in my 20s, but, everything happens for a reason.
Today's podcast has a special guest, Rama Siva, who lives in the UK and has worked at the Prime Minister's Office in London, serving Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. We discuss the origins of his stutter, his family history, speech therapy, energy vampires, and his advice for parents and teachers. Mr. Siva is an inspiration to stutterers and non-stutterers stating that the key to success is believing in yourself and having confidence. For more information on Rama Siva, you can reach him on all social media platforms with Stuttering Mind.
We are all dealing with our own personal struggles on a daily basis. You know my daily struggle is fluency and my special guest, Thomas Kenyon, explains his daily struggle with his thought processes. We discuss his speech therapy in school, his coping strategies, and his successful podcast on Apple Itunes. This podcast has many long pauses which will illustrate the struggle that my guest experiences on a daily basis. For more information on Thomas Kenyon, his website is www.thomaskenyon.com
Today's podcast has a special guest, Hugo Torres, who is a freelance writer and a podcaster practicing in Civic Virtue. We discuss our challenges in language and communication plus we dive into other topics such as the military, education and stereotypes. For more information on Hugo Torres, you can find him on Twitter (@Hugoposts), Instagram (@HugoTorres), his blog (hugotorres.com/blog), and his podcast (anchor.fm/hugotorres).
My featured guest is Carolyn Doucette who gives us the parent's perspective on stuttering. In this podcast interview, she discusses her thoughts on her son's stutter, family history, speech therapy and advice for parents and teachers. This was truly an informative and inspirational interview that will illustrate the support that is needed for anyone who stutters. Thank you Carolyn for sharing your story with us and we will definitely continue the conversation.
Today's podcast has a special guest, LeRon Barton, who is a writer, author, and Tedx speaker who is also a person who stutters. We discuss the origins of his stutter, his family history, speech therapy, and his advice for parents and teachers. Mr. Barton's positivity, courage and tenacity is a true inspiration to people who stutter and non stutterers.
For more information on LeRon Barton, his website is www.leronbarton.com , twitter.com/MainlineLeRon, www.instagram.com/leronlbarton and https://www.facebook.com/leronlbarton
Today's podcast has a special guest, Joni Glaze, who is an entrepreneur and a fellow network marketer. As a person who stutters, I would not have imagined that I would be in network marketing given the stories from people in the industry talking about getting in front of people and giving presentations. Listen to how network marketing and personal development opened my eyes to amazing possibilities that I thought would never happen to me. I would like to thank Joni Glaze for her time and we will be speaking again because there is so much to discuss regarding her entrepreneurial spirit.
Today's podcast has a special guest, Evan Sherman, who is a person who stutters and is also a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. We discuss the origins of his stutter, family history, speech therapy, advice for parents/teacher and his successful practice as a SLP. For more information on Evan Sherman, visit his website: www.progressionspeechtherapy.com. I would like to thank Mr. Evan Sherman for his time and we will be speaking again as I have many more questions.
As a person who stutters, I've experienced shame, guilt and constantly apologizing for my stutter. This is my journey and I want to share it with you because if you are a PWS, you are not alone. You've experienced this and maybe have no one to talk to about your experiences. Well, let's help one another and navigate through this life with tenacity and positivity.
As a person who stutters, the two tools that have been instrumental in my speech journey have been hypnosis and diaphragmatic breathing. You know that when you have a block, your entire body is tensed and it may be that way for a quite a while. Hypnosis taught me how to breathe into relaxation so that I can use this technique in my daily regimen. Also, diaphragmatic breathing has taught to me while in my 20s and it has proven effective in beginning my sentences on the exhale with 100% fluency. Disclaimer: I know everyone is different when it comes to their own speech therapy journey but for me, these two tools have proven very valuable on a daily basis.
When comparing yourself to others, the outcome is most always unfavorable. When I was younger I compared myself to others because I did not like who I was because of my stutter. Now that I'm a little older, somewhat wiser, I am happy with who I am. It took me a long time to embrace my stutter but once I did, my whole life became a little brighter.
Today's podcast has a special guest, Roy, whom I've known for over twenty years but until recently found out that he stuttered as a child.
We discuss the origins of his stutter, family history, speech therapy, theft of a library book, high school life, and advice for parents/teachers. Thank you, Roy, for sharing your stories of adversity and triumphs with us.
There is no magic pill to cure stuttering (sorry for that cold hard fact). However, there are speech therapies, devices, and drugs that may help with fluency. I have had amazing speech therapists help me along my journey along with hypnosis to assist me with fluency. There is a video on YouTube from Steve Harvey that had a guest who has a stutter and was asking for advice. Steve Harvey stated that stuttering is curable and that he could cure her stutter in 1 hour. This statement was unfortunate. If there was a cure for stuttering, I would be the first one in line with my credit card in hand. I credit my fluency to my speech therapists and hypnosis so what you are hearing now is 20 years of hard work. If you stutter, you are not alone and there is a community out there for support and guidance. You find the technique that works for you. If you would like to see this video, here is the link: https://youtu.be/zZ4XNEDSKWY
Mel Robbins wrote an amazing book titled, "The 5 Second Rule", and it completely changed my life. Those difficult things we have to do in life can no longer control our actions. Just countdown 5-4-3-2-1-GO.
How do you handle emergency situations as a person who stutters? Are you able to call 9-1-1? Are you able to effectively direct emergency personnel to the situation? Thinking of this paralyzes me with such great fear and contemplating can I do this when the time comes. If you are a PWS (person who stutters), have you encountered an emergency situation and what was the outcome.
Joining the US Air Force was a goal of mine and my stutter was not going to get in the way! On this Veterans Day, I want to thank all the Veterans for everything they do to keep us safe! Happy Veterans Day! God Bless the USA and God Bless Our Military!
Voice activated technology is emerging and people who stutter are finding it difficult to adapt to this technology. I can the appreciate the ease of this technology but for me, I'll stick with typing everything out.
Today's podcast has a special guest, Nic, who is a high school and also a person who stutters. We discuss the origins of his stutter, family history, speech therapy, high school life, advice for parents/teachers and his AWESOME YouTube Channel "Friday Nights with Nic". This young man is an inspiration to all living his best positive life. I encourage everyone to check out his YouTube Channel "Friday Nights with Nic" and subscribe. This young man has a bright future and I can't wait to speak with again.
Vince Lombardi said, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing". We all want to win in life and in business. When I have a win, I feel invincible. In my daily battles as a stutterer, I have many epic failures but when I have a win, I CELEBRATE it. Leave me a comment on one of your daily wins.
If you are a PWS (person who stutters) then you know how difficult it is to say your name. If you are asked your name and you have a block, it doesn't help when the other person asks you, "Did you forget your name?" Listen for my response to that question in this episode.
If you are a PWS (Person Who Stutters) then you know that every day is a battle for fluency. Your entire body is tense from the moment you wake up until the moment you lay your head on your pillow. At the end of the day, I just want to stop talking and allow my body to rest.
Every school is exciting for most students but if you have a child that stutters, the new school year can be very difficult. I have advice for teachers and students who stutter so that the new school year is smooth and successful.