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We work with people who stutter. We identify & teach the mechanics & dynamics of speaking.

We help tackle the many fears of speaking experienced by people who stutter, through techniques of concentration, assertiveness & non-avoidance.

With your hard work, courage & perseverance, & our support, speaking can become FUN! You can start realising your true personal & professional potential.

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McGuire Programme member, Puja Pietarila now living in Finland originally from Nepal. Puja joined the programme in June 2016 in Düsseldorf and attended her 02.McGuire course (Refresher Course) in Berlin in October 2016.
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Why Was It So Hard To Get The Words Out?

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A very inspirational and emotional story from Puja Pietarila who did her Refresher Course (her 02. McGuire Course) in Berlin last October! Well done Puja, your presence and positive attitude brings energy to our courses and to the programme in Germany. Thank you for sharing and thank you for joining The McGuire Programme Please read and share!
Kara McMahon receiving her CII Certificate from David McNally on the October 2016 course in Belfast

Kara's Leap Of Faith To Deal With Her Stammer / Stutter

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Over the 20 years, there have been 78 courses in Ireland; Cork, February 2008 being one of these and a special one at that. Having lived with a stammer/stutter for all my life I was used to living with the dread, stress, and humiliation of all speaking situations. As soon as I opened my eyes in the morning my stutter was in my head. It overtook my life and at the time the future of being an out of control stutterer was terrifying but a real prospect.
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How Embracing My Stutter Gave Me a New Lease on Life

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As my fear escalated, my focus and determination simultaneously vanished. ‘Just take it in your stride,’ I told myself. I was visibly uncomfortable, like always, and was consumed with the fear of being ‘found out’, of being seen as stupid and incompetent, of being pitied, of being a stammerer. Then it came: “Patrick Hanlon, you’re next to speak...”

About Us

Changing Lives Since 1994

In 1994 at age 45, after a lifetime of dealing with the debilitating affects of a severe stammer, Dave McGuire developed a method based on breathing done by many opera singers (called “Costal Breathing”) and a traditional psychological approach known as ‘non-avoidance’.

From this, more components, such as sports psychology and ways to counteract the freezing, struggle and distortion (and accompanying tricks and avoidance), were added to refine this physical and mental/emotional approach resulting in a profound improvement in Dave’s own speech.

Soon, the word was out that there was something new and effective available, and those seeking an answer made the trip to Dave’s home in Holland for his 4 day course. Those successful with this new approach would go back to their own countries telling their stories to radio and newspapers.  Before the end of the year, Dave was getting phone calls stating; “There are 10  people here who would like to give this a try! Why don’t you come here?” As time went on those experienced veterans would come back to help with the new recruits and to improve themselves. From this it was obvious that those who have themselves conquered stammering make the best coaches to help others who stammer.

Within 5 years, just by this organic process,  Regions were established in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Holland, Australia, New Zealand,  South Africa, and the United States. Currently, in addition to these, the McGuire Programme is now also in Mexico, Spain, India and the Middle East (Dubai).

  • In the media

    Graduates of the McGuire Programme enjoy talking to the media (newspapers/radio/TV) about the remarkable changes in their lives after joining the programme. The following media clips are evidence that the McGuire Programme does work and is a life-changing experience for many people.

  • Free Information Brochure 2016

    Learn how the McGuire Programme can help you move beyond stuttering and speak confidently with the FREE PROGRAMME INFORMATION BOOKLET.

  • How It Works

    The McGuire Programme is a programme developed and run by people who have stuttered but now live full lives free from the fear, anxiety and limitations imposed by stuttering behaviour. We know how you feel, and understand the problems, frustrations and fears associated with stuttering. The McGuire technique is a holistic and multi-faceted programme dealing with the whole person.

  • Meet The Coaches

    Joe O’Donnell – Regional Director

    By 1999, after 30 years of struggling with my speech and dependant on avoidance behaviours, I finally plucked up the courage to address my stammer and joined the McGuire Programme. Stammering controlled all aspects of my life, both on a physical and psychological level. The build up of anxiety and fear before tough (and often not so tough) speaking situations re-enforced the physical struggle to say even the shortest of sentences. My stammer affected my family members/friends in that they were often compelled to speak for me when the words would simply not come!

What others say about us

Karen

Sandra has growing confidence and encouragement to be herself when speaking to others, as well as starting up conversations. The ability to use her techniques from the course and implement her experiences of stammering in relation to a module called Language Development outlined in Sandra’s college course.

KarenSandra Hough’s Friend
Samantha Dowd

I have known Sharon for over 30 years and I have seen a huge change since she joined the McGuire programme. She is more confident and she no longer looks for me to help her finish her words or sentences. She has come such a long way thanks to the McGuire Programme and I’m so proud of her.

Samantha DowdSharon Gavillet’s friend
Grazyna Chyla-Kaczmarek

I have to admit that Juliusz came through total metamorphose if it comes to the level of confidence, assertiveness along with total improvement in his speech, thinking about working to become a McGuire coach in the future. Seeing him working hard everyday – following the programme and techniques, taking up new challenges – makes me the most proud of him than ever before (though I always was).

Grazyna Chyla-KaczmarekJuliusz’s wife
Cian & Robbie Gavillet

Since our mammy has done the McGuire Programme she has more confidence when she speaks especially when she speaks in a group.

Cian & Robbie Gavillet Sharon Gavillet’s sons