Icebergs Melting in Australia!

Beyond Stuttering Course Instructor and Course Organiser receive Stuttering Icebergs from McGuire Programme ANZ Regional Director

Matt O'Brien (Course Instructor) and Kristy Warden (Course Organiser) receive their first Beyond Stuttering icebergs, in recognition of their fantastic efforts and progress in working on their stutter and helping other stutterers.


Melbourne, AU - An hour after the course had ended, the conference room carpet was dry as a bone; it's patterned mosaic showing no trace of the tears of joy, relief and real emotion that had flowed during the Farewell Speeches of the Melbourne 2016 McGuire Programme Intensive Course. The silence of the empty conference room contrasted with excited chatter and flowing conversation as friends, old and new, said their farewells, goodbyes and adieus after four transformative, life-changing days.

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.