The first episode of Stuttering is cool is here! I admit, it could be better but that’s what grassroots is all about 😉

I introduce the concept of the show and talk a little bit about my stuttering past and present.

Podsafe music I used in this episode in order of appearance:

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Below is the transcript (not word-for-word):

Hi, I’m Danny.

I live in Toronto, Canada and I’m a web designer and social media geek by day and a freelance illustrator by night. I’m also a person who stutters.

You’re listening to the first episode of my new podcast called “Stuttering is cool”. I know, radical title.

This is a podcast in open-mic style for people who stutter. It’s open-mic because I want my fellow stutterers to share their experiences, tips, tricks, funny stories, and anything else.

This podcast may also be useful for people who don’t stutter. People who may be curious to know what causes stuttering and what’s it like to stutter all the time.

(ok, how many times have I said the word ‘stutter’? 8? Ok, everyone take a drink)

I have another podcast called SpudCast where I talk about creativity and my comics and stuff. On episode 9, I went off topic and talked openly about my stuttering. After all, what’s a stutterer doing with a podcast?

That was quite an unusual event for me because like most stutterers, I’ve always been covert about my stuttering.

<whispering> It was always a big secret.

But that gets tiring. It’s a lot of work for us to speak fluently.

By coincidence, after I posted that episode, I discovered a podcast called StutterTalk. It’s hosted by 3 guys who stutter.

Their podcast changed the way I looked at stuttering. Now, my stuttering is not such a horrible secret that needs to be kept anymore.

And I like this new idea of being open about my stutter.

Since that show, I’ve met a few people on Facebook who also stutter. It’s great to meet other people who have had the same experiences as me. I’d like to meet more stutterers.

And that is what I hope this podcast will do. Help my fellow stutterers. Kind of like a virtual self-help group.

So, back to the open-mic.

I have a telephone number set up for you to leave a message that I will play on future episodes.

I know, it’s a radical idea.

To many stutterers, talking on the phone is a nightmare. I’m not so nervous as I was many years ago but sometimes I get a little nervous depending on the nature of the call. But if I can do it, so can you! You also don’t have to leave your name.

And by me playing your message on my show, you can listen to your voice.

I know, it’s a radical idea.

Nobody likes to listen to their voice. Even if they don’t have a stutter.

Recording and listening to your own voice is one step towards controlling your stutter. So far, recording podcasts have helped me learn to start to control my stuttering.

As far as I know, there is no cure to stuttering. So why not have a little fun with it?

The type of messages I’m looking for are your experiences good and bad, tips for how to control your stuttering in certain situations, a funny thing that happened to you today, what your job is, whatever you like. It doesn’t have to be about stuttering. I will also accept any questions you may have.

No one will judge you and we’re all sharing the same experiences.

The number is +1-206-202-0463. That’s +1-206-202-0463. Did you write that down? It’s +1-206-202-0463.

If you don’t want to pay long distant charges, you can record yourself and e-mail me an mp3 at coolstutter at gmail dot com.

Speak for as long as you like, and call as often as you like. There will be no show if I have nothing to play.

And don’t worry about stuttering or how you sound. On this podcast, it’s ok to stutter!