Confidence is a state of mind!

We held our third intensive course and our last for 2017 in Nijmegen, Netherlands. We had five new students and over 50 returning graduates throughout the duration of the full 3 days. The courses in Holland are held in dutch with a little sprinkling of English for good measure, and that’s nothing to be scared of either.

2017 in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Graduates and new students after our Public Speaking Event in Nijmegen, Netherlands! The rain didn't dampen their spirits!!! 

We held our third intensive course and our last for 2017 in Nijmegen, Netherlands. We had five new students and over 50 returning graduates throughout the duration of the full 3 days.

The courses in Holland are held in dutch with a little sprinkling of English for good measure, and that’s nothing to be scared of either. 

During this course we wanted to build peoples confidence and courage within themselves. Confidence is not something that can be learned like a set of rules; confidence is a state of mind. Positive thinking, practice, training, knowledge and talking in control using the McGuire techniques are all useful ways to improve or boost confidence levels. Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, assertive self-acceptance and a belief in your own ability, using your new speaking skills and exploring and enjoying new found experiences and new opportunities.

For many people who stutter our confidence levels were very low, which mostly resulted in various factors including the fear of the unknown, criticism, low self-esteem, feeling unprepared, lack of knowledge and constant reminders of our past failures.

Life is a performance.

When we perform a role or completing a task confidently, it is not about not making mistakes. Mistakes are sometimes inevitable and mistakes are also good, especially when doing or learning something new, as we can learn from our mistakes. Not everything goes as planned, so we need to be prepared for the unexpected. Knowing what to do when mistakes come to light is also about problem solving and decision making. We all have a choice when it comes to how we will approach a situation, a task or a problem. On the McGuire Programme we learn what to do and how to approach each and every situation or encounter.

Knowing what to expect and how and why things are done adds to our awareness and usually makes us feel more prepared and more confident. By being a member of the McGuire Programme we combine our knowledge and training with experience. We put theory and training to practice and this develops confidence and adds to the learning and comprehension. We develop new behaviours, we observe our behaviours, we become our behaviours.

As we successfully complete our tasks, objectives and goals, our confidence that we can complete the same and similar tasks again increases with each and every opportunity.

Often the thought of starting something new is worse than actually doing it, this is where preparation, learning and thinking positively can help.

We try our best to stay on course and keep moving forward in all accepts of life. And for the new students on their first McGuire Programme course, this was an opportunity to learn something new, to start afresh and to start building a solid foundation to do the things necessary to defeat their stutter and their stuttering behaviours. And to feel a new found courage and confidence in themselves.

Congratulations to everyone!  Thanks, as always, go to the coaches and graduates, all of whom made this such a special course - and of course to the new students for their courage, hard work, and perseverance throughout the weekend!

     -Emmet O'Connell, McGuire Programme Regional Director, Germany/Benelux

NEXT UP!  We're kicking off 2018 in Eindhoven, Holland, from March 21-24, 2018.  APPLY TODAY for the Eindhoven Course as it's already getting a lot of interest!