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Disclosing and exposing stuttering

Episode #97


Disclosing is the best thing a us stutterers can do when meeting people for the first time. Be it in a group or one-on-one. It puts both you and the person(s) you’re talking to at ease. After knowing this and experiencing this first hand numerous times, then why, pray tell, am I still nervous about disclosing? Join me in my noisy car (I left the windows rolled down) as I ponder for a reason and share a tip about giving a confident handshake.

Meanwhile, Stephen from Ireland returns in a Skype chat as we ponder the best way to bring up someone else’s stuttering when you meet them for the first time.

Published in Podcast archive stuttering


  1. Pam Pam

    Pray tell, you are nervous about disclosing because despite how long you have been doing this – talking, writing, sharing, disclosing-you are still human and we fear judgment. That is just a part of the human condition. When I disclose, I still fear how the person might react. And not necessarily anything overt. I think I am more attuned to the subtle reactions – a raised eyebrow, a puzzled look, a patronizing smile.
    I don’t think that will ever go away. I found myself disclosing to a colleague that has recently moved into my suite at work. I talked about it, she asked a couple of questions (which surprised me honestly) and it was fine. But in the back of my mind, I wondered, what did she really think?

  2. Terry Terry

    To start out with, I completely understand your dreading of the whole “Let’s go around the room” thing. Even those mere words strike fear into my heart!
    For me, I didn’t really start disclosing my stuttering until high school, because I didn’t really have any need to because my stuttering is mild. But, now that I am going to college to study Communication Sciences and Disorders (speech therapy) the speech students are often asked why they got interested in the program, and in this case I openly tell them because I went to therapy for fluency.
    I hope that other stutterers can feel open and comfortable with disclosing their stuttering like I have become!

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