How I overcame my stutter/stammer

Written by Stephen Hill

Author: Stephen Hill from The How To Stop Stammering Centre

How I overcame my stutter/stammer

After having years of unsuccessful speech therapy I decidedrepparttar only way I was going to achieve fluency was to try and overcome it myself. Being a negative thinker atrepparttar 145890 time I had little confidence in my ability to succeed.

Most of my achievements in life up to this point had been sporting and I asked myselfrepparttar 145891 question, how had I reachedrepparttar 145892 high standards at these sports? What I used to do was watch and studyrepparttar 145893 best people in that sport and to basically try and copy them, and with plenty of practice and dedication, I gradually improved.

I decided to take this approach with my speech, I would concentrate on various good fluent talkers, Tony Blair, Gordon brown, Chris Tarrant, and Bianca from Eastenders etc, and try and work outrepparttar 145894 differences between their speech and mine.

The second approach was to deal withrepparttar 145895 physcological. I needed to think and approach life differently, gain confidence and to be thinking inrepparttar 145896 same way as when I was drunk i.e. care free. I started to read various books regarding psychology such as mind over matter books.

It was slow progress however I did notice major differences in my speech compared torepparttar 145897 good fluent talkers and was practising solidly to speak more like them.

After six months of searching I finally hadrepparttar 145898 keys and techniques needed to achieve fluency, these are what I now callrepparttar 145899 speech rules. For me, speech is like a jigsaw and to be fluent you need to have allrepparttar 145900 pieces to completerepparttar 145901 jigsaw. A stutterer will have at least one ofrepparttar 145902 pieces missing. The speech rules arerepparttar 145903 pieces ofrepparttar 145904 speech jigsaw.

What I now needed to do was to put in a serious amount of practice to enable these speech rules to become a natural part of my speech. I did not know how long I would need to practice for, however I felt after three months that it was now more or less natural.

Therefore in total it took me nine months to achieve fluency; this is by farrepparttar 145905 greatest achievement in my life. It was now time to put my life in order. Even though I had been successful atrepparttar 145906 insurance company where I worked and was well remunerated, I was unhappy there. I decided to leave withrepparttar 145907 intention of becoming a Financial Advisor.

7 Steps To Having More Energy

Written by Melanie Mendelson

1. Get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation isrepparttar most common cause of low energy and fatigue. Most adults need 8 hours of sleep every night. If you are sleeping in late on weekends, it's a sign that you don't get enough sleep duringrepparttar 145889 week.

If you have to wake up early inrepparttar 145890 morning, go to sleep earlier inrepparttar 145891 evening. Going to bed even 30 minutes earlier can make a huge difference in your energy levels duringrepparttar 145892 day!

2. Reduce clutter.

Not being able to find anything among out-of-control piles of papers is stressful. Clothes that you never wear, papers that are falling everywhere and useless items that you feel sorry to throw out can invade your space and take over your life.

Clutter causes stress and saps away energy. Dump all unnecessary stuff in a big garbage can, and you'll be able to breathe easier and have more energy.

3. Drink more water.

Being dehydrated makes you feel tired and irritable. If you are not thirsty, that does not mean that you drink enough water. Byrepparttar 145893 time you feel thirsty it's too late - you are already dehydrated.

Most people need at least 8 cups of water per day. The easiest way to know that you are drinking enough is to buy one of those "8 glass" water-bottles that they sell in most drugstores.

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