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...

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...
Downloadable stuttering awareness ads

Downloadable stuttering awareness ads

Last year, I created 5 awareness ads for International Stuttering Awareness Day to dispel the most common misconceptions of stuttering. They were a big hit as my ads were shared around the world across social networks. Many requests came in from speech language pathologists asking if the awareness ads could be downloaded and printed out for displaying in their offices or handing them out at schools. Of course they can! In honour of National Stuttering Awareness Week in the United States this week, I’ve made the stuttering awareness ads easier to download and print out. I’ve increased their sizes to a little over 4″ x 10″ and they are available as PDFs. You are free to distribute the PDFs but for no profit. Each download is about 500 MB. I’ve also written an article on LinkedIn about stuttering awareness in the workplace. Feel free to share that one, too! Download PDF (about 1MB)   Download PDF (about 1MB)   Download PDF (about 1MB)   Download PDF (about 1MB)   Download PDF (about...

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...
Resilience

Resilience

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool178.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #178: “Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better”, writes Eric Greitens in his new book, Resilience. A Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, boxing champ, and humanitarian, Eric shares letters he wrote to his friend who was going through a tremendous amount of hardship. Eric’s hope is that we can learn from his letters as well.  In a nutshell, we all benefit from suffering and life’s challenges and can learn a tremendous amount from the ancients who wrote on the topic after living through hardships. On this episode, I talk about how I am enjoying Eric’s book very much (I’m only on chapter two as I type this and I can already see myself re-reading it over and over) and share some of my experiences with dealing with hardships and becoming a better, stronger, and wiser person. I also talk about my latest new passion in reading up on the benefits of failure. It is my belief that dealing with stuttering isn’t just about speech therapy, it’s about dealing with the various challenges brought on by a speech impairment head on and overcoming them. Another great quote from the book is “…human beings can turn hardship into wisdom because we are born with the capacity for resilience, and we can make ourselves more resilient through practice”. Keep regular practice out of those comfort zones! Links mentioned on today’s episode: Eric Greitens interviewed on the Art of Manliness podcast Blinkist.com Books mentioned on this episode: Resilience Pour Your Heat Into It by Howard Schultz and Dori Jones...