Getting to know the Broca Brothers

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool184.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode 184: Let’s meet the Broca Brothers! Hailing from the Netherlands, Hille and Stuart have been producing fantastically useful tips on how to keep in control of your stuttering as well as dealing with all the emotional stuff that comes with living with stuttering. We chat about how the Broca Brothers went from severe, quiet stutterers to confident YouTubers. We are living in a smaller world where thanks to affordable digital media, software, and social media, anyone can be a publisher! Because of this, anyone can touch the lives of people who share the same struggles and challenges no matter where in the world they may be. I even wrote an ebook about this back in 2009. Thus, you can feel less alone in your stuttering – and learn coping techniques – right from your digital device. Speaking of which, have you heard about Stutter Social? Chat with others who stutter in Google Hangouts! We currently host 4 Hangouts a week (full disclosure, I’m a co-founder). Check the Stutter Social website for details and our Hangout schedule. Anyhoo, back to the Broca Brothers. Below are a few of their videos. See them all at youtube.com/brocabrothers.     Links mentioned on this episode: Broca Brothers on YouTube Broca Brothers on Facebook Broca Brothers soon-to-be-launched Twitter account Broca Brothers soon-to-be-launched website Upcoming conferences by the following stuttering associations: Canadian Stuttering Association L’Association des bèges du Canada The Indian Stammering Association The National Stuttering Association (USA) International Stuttering Association Online Conference Walk/Run for Stuttering Awareness   This episode is brought to you by the Stuttering...

Why stuttering support groups work (and are awesome)

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool183.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #183: A friend of mine gave a TEDx Talk! David Resnick gets interviewed on my show once again but this time it’s about his really interesting TED talk he gave at TEDxCulverCity. David is a David Resnick is an entrepreneur who creates playful experiences that build communities such as Stutter Social which we co-founded with a friend back in 2011. In his talk, Using Technology to Build Empathic Resonance, David explains how technology can be used to build empathic resonance, which is a shared emotional state formed from sharing a similar experience. “It makes people feel a little less alone, you feel connected to others. It also opens you up to other opportunities. It gets you out of your closed head and into an expanded state. It creates the opportunity to feel and express more love.” Just like attending a stuttering support group or conference. On this episode, David and I have a lively chat about how empathic resonance helps us feel less alone. I also ask him to share his tips on giving a TED Talk or public speaking in general. Links mentioned on this episode: That time when David was on my show talking about post-conference depression. Little did we know then how it would lead to the successful Stutter Social! That time when David made me rap on my show. NSA sketch comedy videos from 2011. I’m in one of those videos! Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World comic book and survival guide Music played on this episode: Test Drive by Zapac Awel by...

The more you resist, the more it persists

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool182.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #182: Speed bumps can be our friends! On this episode, I speak with my new friend, Jesse Schwartzman, who is a paralegal who uses the phone quite often for his career. Jesse shares his stuttering story including a cool speed bump analogy showing a positive side to blocking! Jesse also shares a piece of advice that his speech pathologist, Carl Herder from the American Institute for Stuttering, gave him which can apply to all of us who stutter –“the more you resist, the more it persists”. This is a concept that all the SLPs at the AIS...

Dealing with stuttering’s rough days

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool181.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode 181: Dealing with the rough days and some tips for children who stutter. Recorded upon my return from my 6th NSA conference (not that NSA, the other one; the National Stuttering Association. We’re not as covert as the other one. tee hee), I share a few quick video interviews (see below) I conducted with fellow attendees during the four-day conference. Before recording, I had asked on the Stuttering is Cool Facebook page for questions to ask. Two popular ones were how to deal with rough days and tips for children who stutter.   Highlights of the responses include: The only thing consistent about stuttering is it’s inconsistency. Learn how to get through the days when you can’t get the words out. It’s temporary, it’s a moment in time and it will pass. Think abut the successful times. If you did it once, you can do it again. Stuttering will happen regardless. It’s best to let it happen. Learn to be comfortable with the discomfort. Stuttering will be hard, keep your head up, it makes you unique and it will make you stronger in the long run. It’s ok to stutter. Nobody is perfect in this world. It’s completely possible to be successful and a person who stutters. Linked mentioned on this episode: My comic book! Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. Stuttering is Cool Facebook...

Stuttering is my super power

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool180.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #180: Stuttering is my super power. Yeah, I know, what a strange thing to say but hear me out. On this episode, I share how growing up stuttering, dealing with it, facing my speaking fears head-on built up an inner strength in myself as well as other qualities that make me think about the stuff that the typical comic book superheroes are made of. Particularly, Bat Man. How cool is that? We’re like Bat Man! In other words, suffering and dealing with adversity builds character. Without it, I don’t think we would be very interesting people. Share your thoughts in the comments below. What good qualities has stuttering brought you? I also talk about the graphic novel I’m currently working on and the live streamed sneak preview I broadcasted on Periscope. Feel free to share your feedback in the comments on the video, comments below, or by email. The video is available on YouTube which you can see...

Breaking Our Silence

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool179.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #179: Breaking Our Silence is a documentary about stuttering that is currently being crowdfunded. Producer, Adam Norman, who stutters himself, is planning on travelling across Eastern Canada to “spread awareness, share experiences and bring to light the effects of bullying”. They want to interview stuttering groups, speech language pathologists, everyday people on the street, and even John Dunsworth of Trailer Park Boys fame. Links mentioned on this episode: Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign page Breaking Our Silence website Breaking Our Silence Facebook fan page Stanley Cola Productions Facebook fan page Stanley Cola Twitter...