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.

Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson

I joined the McGuire Programme back in 2004 at the age of 19 and can easily say it has been one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I arrived on my first course feeling a large amount of skepticism about whether it would work for me but I knew there was only one way to find out: by giving it a go. I came from a place of being filled with immense fear and anxiety when speaking to other people and would even have to rely on others to make phonecalls for me and even order my own food when out at restaurants or shops.

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Julian Di Bez

Julian Di Bez

My name is Julian Di Bez, a 47 year old from Adelaide, South Australia. I did my first McGuire course in 2000. Immediately it made a big difference to my life as I began to confidently seek out employment which gave me satisfaction and intellectual challenge that my work at that time lacked.

Eventually, I found work assisting people with a disability to find employment in the mainstream workforce and later was promoted to be the Coordinator of a regional office. I could not have achieved this without the control over my speech which the programme has given me.

Cindy Melksham

Cindy Melksham

My name is Cindy Melksham. I am a course instructor for the Australian programme.



I’d spent a lifetime of trying to hide my stutter by mainly avoiding every speaking situation. I was exhausted by the constant anxiety associated with this. Although I have a psychology degree, I was still working in a retail position because I allowed my stutter to hold me back.



Chris Bland

Chris Bland

I stuttered from about the age of 7 yrs old until I joined the programme in 2001.

 

Being a covert stutterer, it took me some time to acknowledge that I was a stutterer.

 

On a one to one scenario, I could cope reasonably well, using tricks, avoidances, and substitutions.

 

Within a group, I hid it reasonably well, but was only fooling myself.

 

I could talk to myself, animals and small children, anything that could not determine that I was a stutterer

 

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