Continued from page 1
My girlfriend and I also decided to move to Brixham in Devon from Birmingham.
While looking for work I put an advert in numerous newspapers in Devon, and Cornwall area, with headline being “if you have a stutter, I am an ex-stutterer who can help”. I had quite a few responses to adverts, however not as many as I had expected. I wrote hand-written letters to people who had contacted me, and after only two weeks I helped my first client, a fourteen-year-old girl from Exeter. I helped her over a continuous five-day period, her father was also present, both were more than happy with results.
After two more successful five-day courses, I decided to put career as a Financial Advisor on hold, to try to make helping people to achieve fluency a full time career. I set myself a goal for first year of helping fifteen people, by end of that year I had helped eighteen. I wanted to purchase a computer, which would help letters to look more professional; I bought a computer after about eight months. I felt I needed a website and during early months of year two achieved this goal, I have since invested in a more impressive and factual site (www.stammering-stuttering.co.uk) which has around two hundred “hits” per week. Advertising is essential to almost every business and by end of year two, I placed adverts in over thirty Yellow Pages across England.
During June of 1999, I had my fifteen minutes of fame. I was featured in Woman’s Own magazine and had articles written about how I had achieved fluency in every national newspaper including a front-page appearance in Daily Telegraph. I was interviewed on Talk Sport, Radio 2, 4 and 5, and numerous local radio stations. This is something I would have found virtually impossible only a few years before.
Over past six years (up to 2002) I have helped many stutterer’s to reach their goal of fluency including people from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Ireland.
Stephen Hill is somebody who has overcome a stammer/stutter and who now helps other people to achieve fluency. Stephen runs one to one speech courses held in Birmingham, England. For people who are unable to attend there is a seventy minute dvd available.