Fluent Speech And How To Achieve It
This article is focused on how to achieve fluency and looks at the specific speech impediment known as stammering/stuttering. My name is Steve Hill, I had to deal with a stutter from the age of 4 and despite regular conventional conversation therapy, continued stuttering until the age of twenty-two.
I found living with a stutter extremely frustrating because at times I could speak very well. For example when I spoke to what is now our ex-girlfriend I very rarely a new problem, however when attempting to speak to her parents I struggled quite badly.
When I has been drunk my fluency level also would improve to a level exactly where I would be shocked if I stuttered at all.
I could not really understand why I could talk to one person but not to another and why I could speak when I was drunk but not once i was sober.
I read many books about conversation imediments, achieving fluency and stuttering and spoke to many speech therapists. From what I read and through what I was told, I was made to believe that I was unable to live the stuttering-free life as it suggested you happen to be unable to eradicate a stutter.
This is a very negative mindset, however I could not really believe the things i was hearing and reading as I knew I could talk very well at times.
I then was luckily enough to watch Bruce Willis being evaluated on the television. He stated that he had had a stutter which had started when he was a young boy, however he had managed to achieve fluency when he was a late teenager. This was a huge inspiration in my experience and I then decided that I would attempt to overcome my own speech impediment.
After nearly annually of working very hard by reading books about positive thinking and mind over matter and by basically studying people who I thought were excellent speakers, I also managed to beat the stutter. As a career I today help other people to achieve fluency.