April 12, 2021 at 6:58 am #29337Shiraz KhanParticipant
Aside from stuttering, I also struggle with talking very fast, which makes it difficult to use the crutches. When I’m excited or passionate about something especially, I’ll just become a stuttering mess as I try to convey all of my feelings about a matter, which usually entails speaking quickly because I can’t contain my excitement. Are there any tips or tricks for slowing down?
Aside from that, I also have some questions about the middle-word crutches (7-12). First and foremost, what is the point of those crutches? Am I supposed to use them to prevent stutters, dodge stutters, or both? If it’s to prevent stutters, then should I be changing my voice register or using word-linkage at all times to keep stutters from sneaking up on me even if I feel like I’m in a fluent state?
Thank you in advance for responding.April 12, 2021 at 7:19 am #29338Prathusha RaviModerator
Hope you are well 🙂
Thanks for your question. So, when you are excited it is natural to speak fast but you can still reduce the rate of speech by incorporating intonations, enunciations and emphasis. This will help you to speak slower with passion. Also, crutches 7-12 are classified as the style of speech. It will prevent stuttering and you won’t even anticipate a stutter while you use them correctly. Mostly, we ask you to use the crutches even if you don’t need one because only then it will become your habit and that is the reason we suggest the PWS to use the crutches despite being fluent.
PRApril 12, 2021 at 9:09 am #29346JavierModerator
I also used to speak extremely fast (some people couldn’t even undertsand what I said). Now I’ve gotten used to speak more slowly. And, one of the best advice I could give you: there’s no hurry. Get used to speak slowly (as if you were explaining something difficult to someone), because when we speak slowly, the Crutches become so much easier to use. You will even get to enjoy speaking. I find speaking slowly very relaxing, both for me, and also the listener.
At the beginning you might think that you are speaking in a funny way. But that’s not true, not at all. It’s just that you are speaking in a different way, and you’re not used to it.
Try recording yourself speaking normally (fast), and then do another recording of yourrself speaking slowly. And then compare both recordings. You’ll be amazed. One thing is how we THINK we speak. Another, very different one, is how we REALLY speak.
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