October 2, 2020 at 10:16 am #27844
following Gábor’s suggestion, I’ve created this forum topic to discuss about the 13 Crutches, make comments, tell your experiences with the Crutches, and so on. So feel free to post anything related to the Crutches. We’d like to know which are the ones that are helping you the most, with which ones you’re having more struggles, etc.October 2, 2020 at 3:26 pm #27845GáborParticipant
Thanks, I was actually thinking about a new subforum (like “Q&A with the Coaches” or “Speech Anxiety”) called “Crutches” and a separate topic for each one (personally, I don’t really like the word “Crutch”, because it has a negative meaning to me, I prefer “Training wheels” or “Helpers” and I usually use those words when I’m thinking about the Crutches :D).
Right now, I’m trying to implement the first crutch, which is quite easy for some words (beginning with consonants like “h” or “v”) and harder for others.October 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm #27847
try combining Crutch 1 and Crutch 4 at the same time. Combining Crutches usually works even better. About your suggestion, I’ll speak about this to WSSA. Thanks for the suggestion again!October 3, 2020 at 7:46 am #27849Leah AreffModerator
There is no shame in needing to use “crutches”. If you were in an accident and had to use a walking stick for 6 months, is that a negative thing? You are trying to speed up the healing process by using a crutch. In fact, it would be nonsensical to refuse to use the walking stick as you would not heal as fast, if at all. Look at the crutches in the same way. They are there to take the pressure off of your speech until you reach fluency.
Crutch 1 is the easiest crutch, in fact, I came up with this crutch when I was just a kid. I realized that if I dropped the first letter from words, I would not stutter on them. Let us know if you would like a coaching session wherein we can show you exactly how to use crutch 1 on ANY word with the utmost of ease. I use crutch 1 all the time without even thinking about it.
Hope to see you at the SAM meeting later today!October 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm #27857GáborParticipant
Yes, maybe that’s a language difference, and the equivalent of the word “crutch” in my native language has a more negative connotation.
BTW, I had a dream last night, in which I used crutches during my speech, successfully. I think that means that the idea of using crutches is in my subconscious mind, which is a great thing. 🙂October 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm #27858
That’s great! It means that the mind training is working! As Leah said before, you should feel good, you should congratulate yourself every time you use the Crutches successfully. Thanks to the Crutches you have dodged a block/stutter, and most likely, in the past you would have forced that word and therefore appeared speech disabled. But not this time. This is the reason why we shouldn’t feel bad or ashamed whenever we use the Crutches. So smile every time you use them.
As you know, some of the Crutches can even improve your speech, and make you a great speaker. Crutch 11 is an example.
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