As someone who recently attended a 3-day course with the McGuire Programme, I can attest to the importance and value of peer support. The course was intense and challenging, but the support and encouragement from my peers made all the difference.
Change takes considerable time and effort. Changing something like old stuttering behaviors takes considerable effort. You will need to put up with the discomfort, uncertainty, and hard work on a daily basis. Until such time that you have developed and grown into the person, you want to become.
One of the best ways to stay on top of your new habits is to create a better lifestyle for yourself. This can be done by setting goals and making changes every day. By taking on more challenging tasks and seeking out experiences, you can improve your quality of life. This applies to overcoming stuttering too, by learning new strategies and executing them in the real world.
When starting a conversation with a stranger, there is a very high probability that they will be receptive to you. We are by nature, social creatures, and as such, we generally welcome interactions with others. But for people who stutter this can be a fearful scenario and we wouldn’t dare interact for fear of rejection or simply not being understood. But now with the control taught by the programme, it’s made easier and starts to become fun.
My experience being on the programme and how it all led to a great interview experience.
Physical, psychological & emotional. The first day of the course, the physical day is always the hardest one. We are asking the new students to trust complete strangers as we are rewiring their speech completely.
We didn’t require lots of coaches, but we did have enough coaches to get a different voice and coaching style throughout the 3 intensive days. Having a small but lively and committed coaching team was essential to give our new student a sense of community and support. If we didn’t do this, it would only be the instructor who was teaching and coaching at the same time.
Below is the piece written by Oleksandr’s mother on her reflection to the previous year (2016), when her son joined the McGuire Programme. Tetiana (Oleksandr’s mother) was sure it will help others who have doubts to get more clarity about program, or to family members of those on the program.
We held our last course of 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany for the German Region of The McGuire Programme. This was our 14th course in Germany since starting our first course in July 2015.