I truly never thought it would be possible for me to achieve such a level of control over my stutter.
I’ve often said to myself, half-jokingly of course, that I was cursed with being both an extrovert and a person who stutters who had no control over my stutter.
I mean, really, what kind of a cruel joke is that? From a person so energized from speaking, from meeting people, and from sharing ideas that pop into my head and giving me a stutter makes it so hard, often painful at times to engage with people. Turns out it was never very funny to me.
Whenever I opened my mouth, I was never sure what, if anything, would come out. 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 McGuire Programme 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 about leaving on that last night.
That’s where the McGuire Programme and its lifetime membership far exceeds any other program. The program provides free daily coaching, worldwide support groups, leadership opportunities. Plus follow-on courses that literally cost less than one night’s hotel stay.
Thanks to this unbelievable support and hard work. I truly never thought it would be possible for me to achieve such a level of control over my stutter.
I now look forward to speaking opportunities. Handling 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 McGuire Programme Coach, Course Instructor, and Regional Director.
The McGuire Programme has enabled me to show others the person that I’ve always been and becoming 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. For where I want to go I’m now better prepared.