Big Smiles at Sydney Course

Sydney Course - Oct 2013

The course was four days of intensive work with outstanding results for all participants. Many who couldn't say their name at the start due to their stutter were excellent communicators by the end of the course.

During the course all demonstrated great change in their physical speech and their attitude to speaking. Whether it be talking to 100 strangers on the streets of Sydney or making a public speech at Darling Harbour, all embraced the challenges and without exception were 100% successful in their assignments.

McGuire graduates helping young cancer sufferers speak out

CanTeen is an Australian organisation that helps young people

Vikesh, Todd, and Derek from the McGuire Programmes were the graduates involved and as a result, we received a lovely 'Thank You' email and the picture above from the guys at CanTeen QLD Div Winter Program.

Sounds like a great day was had by all!

If you'd like to learn more about the CanTeen programme, check out their website for all the info.

 

Geoff Johnston

Geoff Johnston

Geoff was a chronic overt stutterer since the age of 2-3 years old and continued to suffer the consequences of out-of-control stuttering until he was about 55 despite more or less continuous traditional speech therapy during that time.

As a last ditch effort and without a lot of faith and hope given his history of unsuccessful treatment, Geoff joined the McGuire Programme in July 1999 and found he related easily to the holistic and sports mentality of the Programme.

Todd Boddington

Todd Boddington

I gave up on my speech and settled for a life of holding back and living in fear of speaking, I put all my efforts into my soccer career which I did well in.

This is where I learnt you have to work hard for your goals in life, which has helped me on my journey.

Having a stutter stopped me from doing lots of things I have wanted to do.

At 30 years of age I heard about the McGuire Programme and thought I had nothing to lose.

The results I had seen from it were amazing and I thought this was my last hope.

Stephen Woods

Stephen Woods

Such techniques I thought were working pretty well. Over the years I had managed to hide my speech problem, moving from an overt to a covert stammerer.

My tricks and word-foolery were so refined that my friends didn’t realise I even had a problem with my speech.

By scanning ahead and swapping words around, by rarely using the telephone and by never pushing myself to speak out I was able to keep a lid on my speech problems.

If I was unable to swap words around I’d empty all of the air from my lungs, tense my rib cage and force the word out.

Lance Austin

Lance Austin

After that, I felt absolutely invincible. But of course, as happens to many of us, I soon learned that to "keep my freedom, I had to work hard and persevere".

What was to follow was an amazing journey of self-discovery, personal change, and personal growth...which is still happening and will no doubt keep happening for me for years to come.

I have had the absolute joy of being on at least 10 or more McGuire courses over the years, in whole or part, and helping out new students on their way to speaking strength and freedom.

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