How To Stop Stuttering


I am regularly asked the following questions:

How do you cure a stutter?

Is there are a cure for stuttering?

How do you go about overcoming a stutter?

I am looking for how to stop stuttering techniques; can you help?

These were the same types of questions that I used to ask when I had this form of speech impediment. I eventually managed to achieve fluency when I was aged 22. But how did I go about it?

I took the approach that I had a faulty speech and that what I needed to do was to repair the faults. In my mind I compared the whole situation to my favourite sport of snooker. In my teens I would spend the majority of the evenings in my local snooker hall and I progressed quite well but not to the level of where I wanted to be.

I could not afford to pay for any snooker lessons and I was using a type of trial and error approach. But what I realised is that I would need to improve my overall technique if I were to ever be able to reach the levels that I desired.

This is when I decided to focus, watch and copy the technique of the person that I believed was the best snooker play of the time; namely Steve Davis.

I did this for many many months and would then practice what I had learnt from watching him. The progress was almost immediate and enabled me to achieve two breaks of over one hundred and to win many minor snooker tournaments. The main thing that held me back from progressing further was the fact that I am only 5ft 5 in height; where as to be a snooker professional you really need to be over 6ft tall due to the size of the table.

I loved playing snooker

At the age of 21 I asked myself what is more important to you Steve; snooker or stopping stuttering? The answer was of course stopping stuttering! I then said to myself that if I spent as much time working on overcoming the speech impediment as I did on playing snooker that I would surely improve and perhaps even be able to achieve total fluency.

So this is what I decided to do and I also decided to take a similar approach as to what I did with snooker; I started to focus, watch and copy the way in which people that I thought were very good speakers spoke. It was quite a slow process and progress was also far from quick however over time I realised where my faults lay and I also realised how to fix them – the rest as they say is history.

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