Hi, I’m Mike. I’m in my mid-thirties (as of July 2018), live and work in Washington, DC, and have had a stutter for as long as I can remember.
On the Stutter Severity ScaleTM from “Silky Smooth” to “Porky Pig,” I probably fall more to the middle-left side of the spectrum. That means I get tripped up speaking several times a day – usually on words beginning with the letters M and R – but rarely (anymore) get to the point where people think I’m choking or having a seizure when I try to introduce myself. When it does happen, though, it still feels about as heartening as pooping myself on a muggy summer afternoon.
Despite not being able to “talk right” as my pre-K teacher put it, I’ve managed to do alright for myself speaking and writing for a living as a lawyer and policy wonk. I haven’t let my stutter define me or dictate the course of my life. If anything, I’ve used it as a resource to make me stronger.
This blog is about how you can do the same. It offers practical, actionable insights on managing a stutter that you or a loved one can start using today. I’m not a therapist of any sort and don’t pretend to be, but I know that I’m not special and that what works for me will probably work for others too. If I get some jargon wrong but convey a message that helps a few folks, that’s a win in my book.
The cornerstone of this blog is the belief that adversity is the gift the world offers to teach us about ourselves and push us to reach our potential. There are no pity parties to be found in these pages. I don’t play the victim or act like people who stutter should be treated with kid gloves. I understand that nobody is going to feel sorry for me, and frankly I wouldn’t want them to. Embracing that mindset is the first step to beating The Block. If you haven’t already taken it, now is the time.
This blog isn’t one big sales pitch in disguise. It’s not a bunch of little ones either. I throw up affiliate links to things I like (mostly books) because it’s fun to see if I can make this thing cover its own hosting fees. Plugging something I don’t personally enjoy or find useful, though, would be so against what this project is about that doing so might actually collapse the Internet. And I enjoy HBO GO and accurate directions way too much to risk that. So yea, don’t worry, no shilling here.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and I hope you get something useful out of The Stutter Blog.