Fresh new coaching makes the transformation happen!

Nicole, Cormac, Kathy & Ger (new Primary Coaches on the February 2016 course in Dublin)

Nicole, Cormac, Kathy & Ger (new Primary Coaches on the February 2016 course in Dublin)

On the 3 day course we had our new coaches on the course to teach, guide and support the new students in this process. It’s this support from the coaches and graduates during and after the courses that makes the amazing transformation happen.

Through hard work, courage and perseverance, and the new students dealing with and fighting the physical and physiological aspects of stuttering / stammering, there was an amazing transformation in the students in just 3 days.

Kathy Cooling

Kathy Cooling

But as the years went on it became more of a challenge to keep up the facade - to the point where I simply had to reach out for help. That is how I came to be a member of the McGuire Programme.  

In November 2010 I rang Joe O'Donnell (having hung up the phone 4 times before that week!) and I enrolled on the next course.  In February 2011 I travelled to Belfast and I haven't looked back since. 

I really enjoy public speaking now and no longer need to avoid situations.

Kevin Blake

Kevin Blake

I was regularly slagged about it and I just laughed it off, but deep down I was hurting badly.  Why could I not do this most simple thing that other people could do?

As life when on I just got used to it.  I probably went from being really overt as a child and teenager, to being covert as an adult.  When I went on my first course, in Galway in 2014, I realised that I had been using lots of tricks and avoidance techniques. 

Ger Greene

Ger Greene

In school I remained very quiet and dreaded if asked a question.  I thought the best thing to do was say nothing and avoid speaking situations.
The more I became quieter in myself, the worse I felt.  I wanted to be the chatty one and envied all my friends who spoke out and I always admired how well they spoke.  If I needed a question answered I always hoped someone else would ask the question for me as I refused to raise my hand and speak.

This over time is not good for a girl’s self-confidence.

Nicole Thompson

Nicole Thompson

One of the main reasons I joined the programme was because I was starting final year at university and I knew I would soon be applying for jobs and attending interviews. I was determined not to let my stutter hold me back from pursuing the career I had always wanted to do. 

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