To Stop Stuttering: Connect Your Thoughts To Easy Speech
You’ve likely noticed that some letters and words are hard to say, right?
These hard words can become a thing of the past.
Each time you stutter on a hard word, fear and anxiety builds creating a memory of the experience. It’s natural to then want to avoid whatever caused the fear and anxiety – so you’ll try to avoid those hard words.
But this avoidance is not only exhausting, it’s also interrupting your natural thought process for speaking. Avoidance interferes with the smooth flow of your speech system.
When speaking is uncomfortable and stressful, you hold back, only speaking when necessary, planning and rehearsing what to say, before saying it. This is an unnatural process, not at all as speaking is meant to be.
By planning words that you can say fluently, your mind is not free to focus on your thoughts. Your thoughts are interrupted and even halted … resulting in stuttered speech.
So the cycle continues: scanning ahead to avoid saying hard sounds and words, interrupting your focus on your thoughts … leading to stuttering and accumulated fear and anxiety.
Are speech sounds really hard?
Think about your mouth, lips, tongue, teeth and jaw. Are all these parts of your speech mechanism normal in structure and function? Most likely … yes.
Can they move easily? Of course! Can they move together to say long and complicated words (silently, without voicing)? Yes.
Well, pick the hardest sound in the hardest word and say it SILENTLY — just move your mouth to shape the syllables or chunks of the word.
Maybe the word is “internationalization”
Go ahead and try that… silently…
Did you experience any forcing or tension? Was the word smooth and easy?
Isn’t it cool that you can easily say sounds and words silently, whatever they are?
(BTW, this is a prerequisite awareness to easily saying sounds and words.)
Let’s Go Deeper So You’ll Discover:
Easy flowing speech …
Where your mouth only has to form the words;
Where your mouth, lips and jaw only need to move slightly;
Where speaking is easy, eliminating fatigue, tension and blocks;
Where you’ll confidently trust that you can say exactly what you want.
No hard sounds or words …
Where you’ll forget about sounds that trigger avoidance and fear;
Where you’ll express the exact words you want to use;
Where your mouth, lips and tongue move easily in alignment with your thoughts.
Effortless complex words …
Where saying longer words is simple and easy;
Where “tongue twister like” words are clear and effortless;
Where complex words no longer exist;
Where a natural breath supports all that you want to say.
Words of internal speech …
Where you’ll trust that you can say what you’re thinking;
Where you’ll demonstrate (to yourself) that speaking is easy;
Where your speech system automatically connects internal speech to spoken words;
A Speech Challenge – In Silence:
The sequence of these sounds and “words” demonstrates how the mouth, lips, tongue and jaw can form them smoothly and accurately.
It’s even more challenging to say these “words” repeatedly —
Try them to experience how effortless they are to say… silently.
- Puh-tuh-kuh Puh-tuh-kuh. Puh-tuh-kuh Puh-tuh-kuh. Puh-tuh-kuh
- Buttercup Buttercup Buttercup Buttercup Buttercup
- Moh-TAY-ka Moh-TAY-ka Moh-TAY-ka Moh -TAY-ka Moh-TAY-ka
- Goh-LAH-bee Goh-LAH-bee Goh-LAH-bee Goh-LAH-bee Goh-LAH-bee
Now say the syllables/”words” above silently, but this time say them more quickly.
Ready … go…
How was that? Did you feel any tension? Did you have any anxiety?
Were you able to link these “ words” from your mind directly and easily to your mouth? Did these more complex “words” flow smoothly?
Moving Toward Fluency …
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