Scotticus saidMy mom will stutter from time to time, dwelling on some beginning sounds of a word on occasion (w-w-w-w-w-when, s-s-s-s-s-s-Saturday). She's had it her entire life, and it's heartbreaking because it's clearly damaged her confidence being around other people and made her very self-aware.
Interestingly, neither my brother nor I developed any stuttering problems.
I have that problem on the phone or if I get agitated. I have a great aversion to speaking on the telephone because of it. (nor do I necessarily perceive tone properly.
Much easier in person, and I rarely stutter now unless agitated. I also use those work-arounds that make me sound methodical and careful (where actually i'm trying not to stumble over my words )
It frustrates more than embarasses me. but I try to not put myself into positions where it may come out.
working through meetings is really methodical, and the language is automatic; doing interviews causes me more anxiety.
I'm getting a better relationship with the people in the media so I am more relaxed since I began to trust the interviewers not to choose footage of me stammering or stuttering. They are not cruel. They just want the story. And the more I relax the less i stammer. If i screw up a sentence I can just stop say nothing for a moment then say it again as a separate sentence, confident that is what they will most likely use.
As a result any fear I ever had that i would soundworse on tv than inperson was quite the opposite. On TV the audience hears only my best takes (only I don;t get to pick it. hee)
So I can focus on content of what i am saying without worrying about my fluency.
I am most likely to stutter at home.