Can you imagine what it is like to talk with someone who knows what stuttering is like or might be like?  It’s like starting in the middle of the conversation. You are both on the same page to begin. This allows the connection and conversation to move in directions that are meaningful and inspiring.

So this is what it is like to collaborate with others who stutter… Ask questions, get answers and gain new perspectives.

Collaboration only requires a minimum of 2 people; 2 people who have the same focus and are working toward the same outcome.  

Increasing the number of people collaborating increases perspectives, experiences, stories.  

So skip working solo, skip being stuck, self-sabotaging and limiting your potential.

Join People Who Stutter.

You could be very surprised by the active groups of People Who Stutter on social media.  There are so many knowledgeable people, some are former People Who Stutter who have searched their entire life for fluency and the answer to their stutter.  

And some have succeeded in becoming fluent.

There are others who are ready and just starting to find out how they can improve their life being fluent. And then many others in between.  Where ever you are on your journey, you’ll be accepted and included.

The key is to find the group(s) that are best for you.  You’ll know intuitively, where you belong. You’ll feel comfortable with the people, how they interact with each other and the discussions that they have. Jump in for an exciting adventure. 

Let’s look further at collaborative connections.

Collaborate to Impact Your Fluency and Confidence

1. Collaborate To Share Stories and Insights

With someone you’d like to talk with, someone who stutters or is fluent, share your story, in your own words.  You have this distinct opportunity to empower the other person with what stuttering has meant for you. Often this experience creates new insight for you, just as you are talking. As a bonus, you’ll gain confidence.

2. Collaborate For Confidence

Many People Who Stutter will cite confidence as one of the most important skills for fluency.  Hearing others talk about how their confidence has increased, once they realized its importance, is most inspiring.  Confidence is the underpinning to stepping outside of your comfort zone and into the space of new possibilities.

3. Collaborate For A New Perspective

Have you ever had the experience where someone told you something that you already knew, but it was said in a way that gave you a new perspective? This altered view of looking at something familiar often happens just when you need it.  It can set your direction, the one you need most now. And the interesting part is that the change or new insight only needs a small shift to be helpful to you.

4. Collaborate To Find The Best Therapies For Stuttering…And The One For You

Other People Who Stutter will readily tell you about their experiences with fluency programs.  Even though not all programs work for all People Who Stutter, there will be concepts, ideas and strategies that will interest you. What better way to learn about a program or method than from another person who wants what you want…fluency.

5. Collaborate To Move Forward In Life

When you are in the company of like minded people, you can’t help but be inspired by their accomplishments, dedication, tenacity and drive to become more fluent.  As fluency increases as a result of new discoveries, practices and support, you’ll likely consider new life goals and directions. Really nothing can hold you back.

6. Collaborate To Go For The Career You Always Wanted

People Who Stutter sometimes think that there are particular careers that are better if you stutter. They most often require little to no talking, especially with customers, on the phone etc. When you learn about the People Who Stutter who have gone on with careers that require talking, even lots of talking, e.g. lawyers, teachers, stage directors, you will be inspired to consider other options for you.

7. Collaborate For Your Health

Stuttering creates a lot of internal tension, anxiety and stress. One of the most important, long-term health benefits is to reduce stress.  We understand that stress can be the main cause for most health issues. By releasing stress, your overall health will improve, giving you strength and vitality.

People Who Stutter have discovered that stress-relieving exercises give them a better overall sense of well being, which in turn, improves fluency.

So right now, take one collaborative step:

    • Talk to the person next to you, while you are waiting at the check out;
    • Initiate a conversation with the person you are sitting beside on the bus;
    • Send a personal message to someone you met on line;
    • Comment or ask a question of someone in your favorite group of People Who Stutter;
    • Post a video on a FaceBook page, just introducing your self.  You’ll get comments;
    • Phone a friend to talk or leave a message;
    • Invite your neighbor for coffee;
    • Write a note to someone special, stamp and mail it.

While these are ways to begin the collaborative process, you’ll find other ways. The importance is to connect.  

So start collaborating… you will be glad you did.