Owen Westwood works to control his stutter with McGuire Programme

Owen Works Hard TO OVercome His Stutter

AFTER more than 20 years spent trying to hide his stutter, a Lysterfield man has decided to “take action” against the speech impediment that has controlled his life.

Owen Westwood, 25, has had the “crippling” impediment since he could talk but time spent chained to a desk in an office job he hated forced him to fight back against “the demon”.

“I felt stuck because of my speech — I felt I couldn’t get a job anywhere else because who would hire a person who stutters?” he said.

Wellington Intensive Course 25th-29th November 2015

Public Speeches in Wellington's Cuba Mall

The McGuire Programme course delegates - post public speeches in Wellington's Cuba Mall. A positive and empowering experience for all.

Wellington, New Zealand.

If there was ever evidence needed that our programme is worldwide it is surely having two grads in the UK wake up at 6am on Friday in order to take part in the New Zealand phone call session 13,000 miles away. Jen and Dan thank you.

Only 2 new students for Wellington but 2 people for who we all know life will never be the same again.

General format of the course but without any split sessions all four day due to the hotel and the fact the new students were so strong they were happy to be pushed along with the old grads.

Taking Off the Mask in Melbourne

Most people experience fear in their life. Whether it is fear of spiders, snakes or speaking, we sometimes allow our lives to be limited by what we avoid rather than what we action. We live behind a mask designed to protect us from our fears, but which ultimately serves to reinforce them. And so it was with the six new students who decided to take off their masks of ‘fluent speakers’ - or, more correctly, people who stutter trying really hard to portray themselves as fluent speakers - at the McGuire Programme’s most recent intensive course in Melbourne.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

McGuire Graduate and School Prefect, Christopher Cain

McGuire Graduate and School Prefect, Christopher Cain

The McGuire Programme is still the gift that keeps on giving.

Sharing the great news with you that our 16 year old son, Christopher, has gone from being a quiet and shy boy struggling with a debilitating stutter 23 months ago to today being awarded the 2nd highest Prefect position for Year 12 next year ... "School Prefect" for the whole school (a school of 1,200 students from Kindy through to Year 12).

"an accomplished communicator and speaker with fantastic interpersonal skills"

Diversity and Strength on Show in Sydney

McGuire Programme Graduates

It is our differences that make us the same - McGuire Graduates, Sydney
 

Nine new students began the course, with great diversity in age, gender and backgrounds. Four were teenagers, three were females and six males, two had English as a second language and three were born overseas – talk about a diverse and very interesting group of people! One decided on Day Two of the course that the time was not right for them, and they left with a better understanding of the commitment and courage that is required to overcome a lifetime of stuttering.

Success for New and Old Graduates - Melbourne May 2015

McGuire Programme Australia - Costal Breathing

New students learn the basics of the McGuire breathing and speaking technique.

For many people, joining the McGuire Programme is about new beginnings. After struggling with a lifetime of stuttering, an intensive course offers participants the opportunity to learn new strategies for speaking with confidence and eloquence.

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