I've been considering giving TM a try, but somehow never got around to doing it. Strangely, public speaking is not my most feared situation. I find it less 'stuttery' than everyday situations or even talking to a friend.
Really great achievment! I've thought of giving it try many times, but so far I've alway chickened out
My respect to you Steric
I've been apart of Toastmasters for a while and for me it's the only thing that helps me stay fluent. When I leave a meeting after a speech I always feel like the man.
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It is great to hear that you do well in Toastmasters, we all need the inspirtational stories.
How long after you have done Toastmaster do you stay fluent? Does it last until your next speech and what is it that you understand to be happening for you?
I've done only two speeches so far, so I really can't say. I still stutter when I do speeches. But my experience with Skype practice is that it generally gets me used to some 'Fluency Shaping' techniques that I'm trying to use. I've noticed that after Skype practice, using those techniques I'm able to get through blocks more often.
Skype practice also helped in the sense that it put more stress on me when I practiced. When you are talking to someone in everyday life, you are stressed if you stutter. You want to practice your techniques when you are under similar stress because you have to use them under those conditions. Toastmasters puts even more stress on me, and that's what I want.
So I hope to get used to using my techniques under 'field conditions' and also to get used to speaking with the stutter. I'm not expecting fast results. I guess it'll take a long time. I've seen videos of other people who stutter give virtually flawless speeches. I don't know them in person, so I don't know whether it's helped them completely get over their stutter. But at least they are able to give a prepared speech flawlessly, and that's a goal I want to achieve. Researching ,organizing and presenting the speech is fun, so I have plenty of motivation to keep attending Toastmaters'.
Oh, I just realized that maybe perry was asking that question from henryk.
Did another presentation for the school astronomy journal club yesterday. I had some 'near blocks', but covered them up with breathing or changing the words in the sentence I was saying. Don't know whether doing that is a good thing though. Oh well, one step at a time.
The two days of Toastmasters' I've attended has definitely helped. I used to sweat and shake while doing a presentation. Today I was much calmer.