Trick or Treating in Frankfurt am Main!!!

Süßes oder Saures! We held a small intimate course in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from 28.-31. October 2015. This was my 08th time instructing an intensive course, the 02nd in the Germany Region and it was the smallest course that I have ever experienced. Even though it was small it didn’t effect the McGuire dynamic and the course was no diffident from anyother course that I’ve experienced in my 12 years on the programme.

We had people from all over the world - Ireland, Germany, the USA, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Georgia via the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The course was truly an international mix that represents and reflects the McGuire Programme internationally and it was a course full of commitment, dedication and courage from the new students, the refreshers (refreshers are members attending their second course) and returning graduate members.

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in mankind. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others (human virtues) possible,” he wrote. Ernest Hemingway also put it that courage is "grace under pressure." And, it seems, we can make ourselves more courageous with practice and effort and boy did that show during this course for all the attendees.

During the three intensive days working on our speech and getting our stutters under control, we all witnessed progression from all the graduates and new students attending. Through constant work, learning and drilling the McGuire techniques and developing and habituating newly learnt habits. The tension, stress, anxiety and fear had all disappeared. All the old bad habits were disappearing and a new experience of playing in the sport of speaking begins!

When it comes to fear, psychologist Noam Shpancer said, “the only way out is through”. And it's true: One of the most effective ways to banish fear is to repeatedly force yourself to face what you're afraid of. Research has found that this repeated exposure lowers the psychological fear response until it is more manageable or in some cases gone. Afraid of public speaking? Practicing giving a talk in front of a group will help bolster your courage when faced with speaking engagements of any size. And we do this in spades on a McGuire Programme course!!!

"Exposure is hands down the most successful way to deal with phobias, anxiety disorders, and everyday fears of any sort," Stanford neuroscientist Philippe Goldin via Lifehacker.

Not many people get to witness firsthand, people bettering themselves. We get to see this on very McGuire course we attend. We see the transformation of people who join the programme for the first time, from out of control stutterers to disciplined, controlled confident people and this is truly amazing. The McGuire Programme really does change the lives of people who stutter.

If you are a person who stutters or if you know someone who stutters please get in touch with us, we are here to help. Get in touch with your local regional director via phone, email, text message! 

That was our last course of 2015! Roll on 2016 - we have three courses lined-up, the first of which is in February in Hamburg, the second in June in Düsseldorf and the last but not least in October in Berlin. I hope you can join us and start to change your life for the better.