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).