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”I noticed quite a few differences in how I was speaking this year, as opposed to last.  Some of it, I know, was related to having more confidence this year, but not all of it.  Some of it was a direct result of the gradual changes I am making in how I’m thinking/focussing when I speak, and the different way I am learning to produce speech.

Today, I didn’t really use any voluntary stuttering.  I could have easily done so without having any feelings towards doing that, but I simply didn’t want to or feel any need to use it this time round.  I knew I could speak clearly, I wasn’t fearing stuttering, and overall, I wasn’t thinking about how I was talking.  Although I knew the broad outline of what I wanted to say – the various points and stories I wanted to tell, I wasn’t saying it word for word.  Often, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to say before I said it.  Sometimes I said things totally unplanned, on the spur of the moment, which was appropriate at the time.  My speech was definitely more flowing than last year, and I think I was saying more words per breath, but I wasn’t really thinking about that.  I was more focussed on my message and connecting with the audience.  It was a fun experience and I was asked back to speak again next year!  Afterwards, I wasn’t quite so ‘in the flow’.  I’m still not that confident using this new way of producing speech in everyday conversations – though I am gradually getting the hang of it more with my immediate family.  So – practice and time are needed there, I think, to build up confidence in that area.  Now on to preparing for my next talk in two days’ time – another 45 minute one with questions afterwards!

I want to encourage every PWS in this group, to venture out of your comfort zone too and to try something new.  You never know, you might have a really fun time!”

Haz el (Percy)

Hazel Percy är en person som taltränar och redogör för det i skrift. Jag läser därför med intresse hennes betraktelser om sina träningsinslag på saiten [neurosemanticsofstuttering]. Jag noterar med intresse när jag läser ovan, att hon omnämner ”…the gradual changes I am making in how I’m thinking/focussing when I speak, …”. Det spelar roll hur man tänker, när man talar. Och vad man fokuserar, när man talar. Hur många ord man säger på en utandning är viktigt.  Liksom kontakten med åhörarna. Ja, läs vad hon skriver. Det manar till efterföljd, anser jag.