Stuttering, oh my!

I was a stutterer as a child but worked my way out of it enough that I was able to be on the high school debate team.  I once gave a speech to 1500 people.  I’m a good public speaker.  Now that I’m older, I’m finding that my mind reverts to stuttering when I’m tired or stressed.  I don’t know if anyone else notices it.  I cover it up quite easily, and I can snap myself out of it by choosing a different way of saying what I had planned.  But I’m not too happy about seeing that part of me coming out.  The worst time is when I get near another stutterer.  I don’t know why, but hearing one person stutter throws me into it, too.  It’s like yawning.  It’s contagious. When I found this TED talk, I was quite taken with this woman and her honesty.  I hope you appreciate her sincerity and her music.

 Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

7 thoughts on “Stuttering, oh my!

  1. I found it very interesting when you said that your tendency to stutter gets worse with other stutterers.
    I have a tendency to slip into the same cadence/rhythm/accent of speech of the person I’m talking to – especially if I don’t know them well. I have to really pay attention to how I’m talking because I’m afraid it will appear I’m mocking the other person.

  2. Loved the video, so inspiring 🙂 While I’m not exactly a stutterer, I do stutter when I talk in big groups. My mind can’t form a coherent thought for some reason and I tend to go straight to the point to avoid sounding stupid. Heh.

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