05-11-2004, 02:03 AM
Try to relax your stomach muscles, inhale and on exhale say your name.
I noticed that when I am blocked I tighten my stomach muscles and I even stopped breathing for a very short while.
If I relax the muscles and say the word on exhale, it seems to work.
What other members' opinion on this? Do you experience the same thing too?
05-11-2004, 07:12 AM
Firstly, welcome to the board Vermillion!! :)
Before you say your name, you have to relax, don't get tensed up or worried.
To hell with the person listening to you.
Recite what you intend to say in your mind/heart twice/thrice.
Then you speak it out.
Most importantly, build your confidence. I am not saying you are not confident, however, i realised most stutters feel shy when they realised they are going to stutter or already stuttering. Thus, this leads them to be lack of confidence when they speak again.
Like now, as you are reading our posts, you can do a practise.
I feel most stutters feel most comfortable with themselves talking (fluently) when there are no people around them.
Do not think it's stupid talking to yourself.
"Hello, how is your day?"
"What's up for tonight?"
"Hello, my name is velvet."
These so-called talking to yourselves will really help your tremendously. If you can do it at home, you can do it when you are out. ;)
However, when there are people around, they get tensed up (due to whatever muscles in the body.).
Do not be bothered with the listener.
Whenever you are blocked at "My name is...".
Take a breathe. Relax. Ignore listener.
Always try to SNAP yourself out of that situation. If you are thinking about "Oh crap, hard word coming up", you can do this "SNAP! Try again!"
Try it again.
Neil, let us know how you progress. It will take time. :)
I love to listen to more ideas and solutions.
vBulletin® v3.8.2, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.