The McGuire ProgrammeRegional Director of The McGuire Programme in MENA
Five new students joined the McGuire Programme Stutter Course in Dubai to start their journey in going beyond stuttering.
On Wednesday, Nov 9th 2022, five courageous new students took their turn to sit in front of a camera and answer questions in a room filled with strangers. This a task that might seem simple to many people but for us, people with a stutter, it is extremely difficult and challenging. The new students joined the McGuire Programme Stutter Course to start their journey in going beyond stuttering.
During the three-day stutter course, the new students showed us they really wanted to work on their stutter by applying great discipline in learning the physical and psychological techniques to start taking control of their stutter and its associated secondary behaviours.
The new students were accompanied by 35 returning members, including McGuire coaches, who come back on courses to work on their own speech and support the new students.
It’s amazing how quickly someone can change over a period of a few days, breaking the cycle of old bad speaking habits and becoming comfortable in sharing all their fears and insecurities in a supportive and comforting environment.
From my own experience and what I’ve witnessed over the years is that the McGuire programme is truly life-changing and helps people discover their true capabilities and empowers them to be fierce in facing life’s challenges.
The November course was instructed by Sharon Gavillet from the Ireland Region, who flew all the way from Ireland to Dubai. Sharon has supported the MENA region over the years and never fails to inspire.
If you don’t know this already, the McGuire Programme is run by people who stutter, everyone of us joined the programme to work on a common goal, to work on our stutter and achieve our dreams.
This course was made so easy with the unbelievable support from the coaches and members who showed the new students that anything is possible once you practice and believe in yourself.
I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve had over the past 12 years with the support of the McGuire Programme.Sharon Gavillet
Our instructors, coaches and members are the ‘backbone‘ (something that provides strength and support) of the programme and without them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we achieve. The support from our members is impressive, to say the least, and no other organisation has the same level of support – we simply can’t be beaten.
A big thank you goes to all MENA coaches and members for taking the time and putting in a huge effort to attend the course to work on their speech and support the new students. I’m forever grateful.
Last but not least, a special appreciation to Dave McGuire, the founder of the McGuire Programme, without you, we would all be in a different place.
Before joining the McGuire Programme, I used to dream about all the things I would achieve if I did not have a stutter, but after joining the programme I can make my dreams a reality and do the things I can want and live my best life.