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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Course Instructor, Staff Trainer & Regional Director of Germany.
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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…”
A Corkman who overcame a debilitating stammer to become a confident public speaker wants to help others do the same.
Since he was five years old, Jamie Googan has struggled with a stammer: “Growing up, I always wondered why other people would laugh at me when I tried desperately to pronounce my own name or any other words,” he said. “I suppose that one of the biggest things for me when I was growing up was I have never met anyone else had a stammer, so there was always that feeling of isolation there,” Jamie added.
[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] Oscar-winning film raising awareness of stutters and stammers With the recent Oscar success of the Irish short film ‘Stutterer’, listener Ciaran McGonagle got in touch in the hope that people who have a stutter know there is help available. He dropped into the studio to talk to Anton […]
James Googan always avoided social situations and, if he had to turn up, would be described afterwards as ‘the shy’ or ‘quiet’ one. He wasn’t, he says. He was just terrified of stammering James Googan, who works at CIT and has a stammer, couldn’t have imagined previously enjoying the communication role of his job. Picture:Des Barry Presentation was supposed to last five minutes but […]
My name is Jamie Googan and I am proud to say that I am challenged by stammering. As a child growing up with a severe stammer, I always wondered why I spoke in a different way from other students and why they would laugh at me when I tried desperately to pronounce my own name. […]
Original Article via The Irish Times: http://bit.ly/23ed5pX From being unable to leave her house alone to being able to read at Mass, Co Armagh woman Edel Reel’s life has been transformed thanks to a course aimed at those who stutter. She told Jenny Lee about it AS A teenager Edel Reel’s life was ruled by […]
James Caplan, 44, works full time as a managing director for a financial advice agency based in Pynnacles Close, Stanmore, employing 29 staff and managing two offices and he has a stutter!! After going from avoiding his children’s sports days to studying to become a coach, one man hopes to inspire his fellow stammerers to […]
To finish off our courses for 2015, we returned to Belfast, Titanic City, where 13 students embarked on their journey to overcome their stutter. The course venue was the Holiday Inn Express in the Queens area of the city. Over 40 existing members attended this course to help the students learn the technique and to […]
On Saturday 25th July 2015, 32 members of the McGuire Programme attended a Refresher Day in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin to further their journey towards articulate, eloquent speech. 10 of these had attended their first McGuire Programme course only 4 weeks ago. During the day we practiced and drilled the physical weapons to counteract the […]