Kill the Stutter and Speak Eloquently
Stuttering is not as uncommon as you might think. Though it affects mostly children, it also occurs among adults. Moreover, the males are more likely to stutter than the females, perhaps because the latter can better organize thoughts and articulate them into words.
Stuttering can be very detrimental for anyone, especially for the older people. It can reduce their self-confidence and prevent them from getting involved in social interactions. There’s a lot of fear of not finding a good job or of being the source of jokes among peers. Children, meanwhile, can be subjected to bullying because of it.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways on how to reduce or get rid of stuttering.
What Is Stuttering?
Stuttering is one of the speech or world problems. It is characterized by speaking in broken words or sentences and repeating certain syllables. The person also tends to produce dragging sounds. A stutterer may experience trembling lips and rapidly blinking eyes when speaking.
There are a number of reasons why an individual stutters. It may have something to do with the way neurotransmitters work because of genetics or head or brain injury. The person may also stutter because of a traumatic event. Speech may remind him or her of that violent episode.
Among children, they stutter because they’re still developing their language. Almost always, by the time they grow up, they no longer suffer from it.
How to Reduce or Eliminate Stuttering
The best step is to actually search for a speech therapist, who is trained to deal with stutterers..
Meanwhile you can make the training more worthwhile if you yourself do something about it:
Think of what you’re going to say. Before you start speaking, think of what you’re planning to convey. Allow the words to form in your mind and articulate them as slowly as possible.
Speak a lot. Make your stuttering your motivation to speak more often. If you are afraid of talking to a lot of people, consider getting a buddy, someone who’s going to be patient enough to listen to you.
You can also make it even more fun by letting your friend ask you a question and trying to answer it as fast and as fluently as you can.
Sing. Do you know that majority of the sufferers don’t really stutter when they sing? What’s more, singing improves your breathing, which is essential when speaking—and it’s a very interesting activity to do.
Read aloud. Grab a good book or magazine then read aloud. Read every word per line, per sentence, per paragraph. If you cannot articulate some words, then don’t force it. You can just mark them and go back to them at a later time.
Eliminate anxiety and stress. Being anxious can sometimes cause you to stutter. Fear can be so overwhelming you can’t think straight and breathe properly. You feel tongue tied.
You can use subliminal messages for effective stress management. Before you speak in front of the public, you can say, “I am ready for this,” “I can see myself allowing the words to flow smoothly from my mouth,” and “I am excited to hear the applause.”