Ajay Shivdikar (AJ)
Mumbai, India

I live on a very simple but famous cliché - " Stay Hungry , Stay Foolish ". Since childhood, i have been following a very simple protocol of living in moments and being satisfied in whatever i am. Always helped the needy without thinking of any consequences and sought no help from others. However, there was an open secret when it came to speaking - I had a debilitating stutter!  

Everyday was a apocalypse for me and brought ultimate challenges in life in most speaking situations. 

My family helped and supported me a lot but i could always see that expectation factor in them. They also tried their level best in finding a precise cure for my problem. Different experts gave me different solutions. I tried and consumed everything from weird home remedies to medical potions but it was just useless and waste of my time and money.

I thus started looking for more help and found out that Speech Therapists are formally trained to treat people who stammer. It was encouraging for me and brought a ray of hope in overcoming stuttering and gaining fluency. I still remember my 1st therapy in a hospital in Mumbai where i gave my best and came out with a small but effective change in speech which was significant for me. It was no less than a BLISS. 

But situations are so inevitable that you never know when you are up against the wall yet again. I was so called fluent in that therapy room but whenever i was faced real world speaking situations, all the methods and techniques were irrelevant and my stammer would precipitate as if instantly! It brought me to a complete halt in my life. And that is the life I didnt wannt to live. I started to live a lonely life and pulled out myself from my old gregarious life with so many dreams and ambitions. It was really difficult but i had to do it just to keep myself away from all that shame , tease and laughs. I thus started my journey like a drifter and started to help myself.

One fine evening in the Fall of 2014, i was watching some videos on youtube on stuttering. One co-incidence led to another and I ended up watching the video of Stammer School where they featured a short documentary of a boy who had a severe stammering/stuttering problem and now he was improving dramatically. The video took all my attention and built my interest in the McGuire Pgrogramme. I visited the website and found out that it is coming to India for the first time and has a course in Mumbai in month of December. It was something i was amazed to see that things were patching like the Chaos theory for me. 

I immediately contacted the head in operation of India or the Regional Director of India of Mcguire programme - Mr. Kaushik Valluri. He was very quick in replying to all my silly emails and solving my stupid doubts. The fees for the program was a bit high and was of big concern for me which made me to think and email Kaushik that:  Are you sure this programme wiil work for me and it better not be a scam!!!! His response was very reassuring and I decided to give it a shot.

So here came 17th of December, 2014, within a blink, the first day of course. i was depressed in the beginning as this was something really not my cup of tea which i used to have daily but there was nothing that could have stopped me at that moment. The course started and ended after 4 days i.e on 21st December. Trust me folks. It was a DREAM RUN for me - something that has no words to explain.

The 4 days on the McGuire course were the Best and Ace days of my life and will always be!!!"  I was so rejuvenated that I felt I am being given a new life.

Today, i have my tools and weapons to defeat the same stammer that pulled me down for so many years. I know I am not running after fluency like I used to. I am striving for something bigger, more meaningful - Eloquence. This feeling is really great . Thanks to this Mcguire Programme , Worlds best programme to help overcome stuttering. Best support network after the course where you can practice with hundreds of coaches around the world. I am proud to be a stammerer and genuinely believe that Everything In Life Happens For A Reason!  Now i meet people, call people, talk with people and believe I am getting back to my gregarious life which is awesome!! A daily practice and using techniques keeps my speech and myself healthy, wealthy and wise. 

Thanks to Dave for creating such a wonderful programme for PWS. My sincere gratitude and thanks to all the graduates, coaches and instructors on the McGuire Programme for helping shape me to become an individual that I always dreamed of becoming.