Re: Words Are Difficult Today
Posted by ATer on 6/7/2018, 12:09 pm, in reply to "Words Are Difficult Today"
You could find a speech therapist, which I guess is a pretty obvious answer. |
I am a student of the Alexander Technique, and while it doesn't address stuttering directly, there are concepts that would apply. I have a slight stutter myself, and have had a couple of students with severe stutters, so I have looked at the application. I will admit that my stutter rarely shows up in teaching or interview situations.
The main tenet of AT that would help is the idea of inhibiting. Not allowing the misuse (or stutter) to happen. The idea is to allow yourself to not speak. Prepare to speak, but if you feel the stutter coming on, allow yourself to not speak - or inhibit the stutter. When you are confident that the act of speaking will be easeful, then speak. In Alexander's own case, it was a tension while orating that was causing him to lose his voice - therefor the idea of preparing to speak with the freedom of not actually having to speak. Obviously this is not something that is an instant fix, and if in an interview you can't just sit there inhibiting, but it is something to explore. In my own case, even before becoming an AT student, if I felt a word sticking, I would pause and find another word. It is sort of the same concept.
A good book to introduce AT is "Body Learning, An Introduction to the Alexander Technique" by Michael Gelb.
I am aggressively searching for a new position. My resume shows that I am good at taking bad programs and building them up, keeping excellent programs excellent...and I had Lezlie clean it up recently (highly recommend).
That isn't the problem. The problem is that I have a slight speech impediment that makes it difficult to say many words without slurring syllables, or stuttering on a consistent basis. I had an interview yesterday where it was such a problem that the interview probably took 30 minutes longer than it should have. I am concerned that I'm getting passed over for jobs not because of my resume, not because of my references, but because I trip over words and just get killed in the interview itself.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to minimize this problem?