Brian Sellers, Regional Director, USA & Canada
Throughout my life, I’ve often said – half-jokingly – that I was cursed with a combination of being both very much an extrovert, and very much a stutterer.
I mean, really, what kind of a cruel joke is that? Taking someone who gets so energized from speaking, from meeting people, and from sharing the ideas that pop into his head, and giving him a stutter that makes it so hard – often painful – to engage with people. Turns out it was never very funny to me.
When I opened my mouth, I was never sure what, if anything, would come out – and I was a master at changing my message on the fly, constantly searching for the words that I “could” say. And then I’d always feel hollow afterwards, because I knew that I didn’t really communicate what I’d wanted. Shame, guilt, isolation, fear, self-hate – despite a loving family and great friends, I’ve known those feelings well.
Taking my first McGP course was exciting, amazing, exhilarating, and a bunch of other positive words that end in -ing.
But I’d experienced success in other speech courses before and never been able to “make it stick,” so I was apprehensive leaving on that last night. That’s where the McGuire Programme and its lifetime membership far exceeds any other program, providing free daily coaching, worldwide support groups, leadership opportunities, and entire follow-on courses that literally cost less than one night’s hotel stay.
Thanks to this unbelievable support – and hard work – I have achieved a level of control over my speech that I truly never thought would be possible.
I now look forward to speaking opportunities, I handle all of the sales for my growing small business, and I am so happy to be able to give back and help other stutterers as a McGP Coach, Course Instructor, and Regional Director.
The McGuire Programme has enabled me to show others the person that I’ve always been – and it’s helping me to become the person that I’ve always wanted to be.
Now I see that my stutter was never a cruel joke at all; it was just a part of my life, a character-building preparation for the future. I’m still a stutterer and I always will be – there is no “cure” – but all those experiences have made me who I am today, and have better prepared me for where I want to go.