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Disclosing and exposing stuttering

Episode #97

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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

2 Comments

  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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