Working on our stutter in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Working on our stutter in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

For those who stutter, once we have survived and won enough battles to start “believing” we can actually win and are winning this war against our stutter, we can look at it more as a sport, albeit a serious one.

We introduce the basic physical and psychological techniques during the first two days of each and every course. These “basics” must become a habit. For these to become habits, you must practice. You must practice at least enough to have a steady improvement. If you are not improving, you must increase your practice time until you show steady improvement. Defeating stuttering must become one of your life’s top priorities. At first, it must take absolute first priority. If you have a busy schedule, you need to develop time-management skills. You might have to wake up earlier and go to bed later.

Looking at working on our speech as a skilled sport such as golf or skiing (or learning almost any musical instrument), tennis is not one of those sports you can just go out, pick up a racquet and expect to play well. Like in skiing where you have to train yourself to do unnatural things like putting all your weight on the downhill ski and leaning downhill (when your natural instincts are screaming to put your weight on both skis or the uphill ski and lean uphill), tennis requires you to do some things that aren’t really natural and must be taught.

All of the McGuire techniques must be mastered and drilled until they become automatic if one wants to get good at the sport of tennis. Same with the sport of speaking.