Course report, June 2014 Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Hello everybody, It is one week after the Nijmegen course, June 2014. I am staying in a very dull Dutch holiday resort, with my girlfriends family. Everybody had left to go to the pool, I stayed at the house to write this course report. There was just one person sitting across to me and it is the girlfriend of Fenneke's older brother. In the last 6 years that I am a part of their family we have seen each other many times, but never had real conversations. She is a covert stammerer and she holds back in groups. Now, for the first time ever, we just spent a great hour and a half together talking about our in-laws, our lives and of course, our stammering. I told her about the course in Nijmegen and how it all started there for me in June, 2007. I was born in Nijmegen as well, lived there for the first 21 years of my life. There were just three new students and a handful of Dutch grads. It was an important first course for me, but I was a bit disappointed with the number of new students and the support network after the course. How things can change in 7 years! This time 26 new students enrolled the McGuire Programme and they all graduated. Great to witness such powerful transformations in just 3 or 4 days. As usual, the overts (18) grasped the weapons quickly, as the coverts (8 people) had the extra difficulty of accepting themselves as persons who are challenged by a stutter. Eventually everybody takes something positive back home from their first course, even the most notorious hardcore coverts. Together with CII Chris Esendam we instructed the course in Dutch. The courses are getting more grounded and solid, so we tried nothing new this course. So this will be my shortest course report ever! We tried to do more split sessions, that really worked well. We are now at a stage where we can put enough experienced coaches and grads in front of the new students, so it works well if the rest can have a split session from time to time. We had some good sessions on Becoming a coach, Body Language, Getting into Action and the Two Circles. Another new thing we tried on the last day: during the goodbye-speeches on the last evening all the coaches and grads sat in the first row. This made it easier for the new students to really show some good exaggeration in their end speeches. It was actually the best series of end speeches I have ever seen, so kudos to that! That was about it from here in Holland. Actually, the in-laws/family will be returning shortly, so time to wrap this course report up! Thank you for reading, and all new graduates: welcome to the best family ever! Kind regards, Tim Bicanic and Chris Esendam P.S. The girlfriend of my girlfriend's older brother is now considering joining our programme as well! How about that for a nice ending. See you next time!