July 7, 2020 at 10:33 am #27338
I want to start a thread where we can all let it out. We can tell all our embarrassing stories. The purpose? Firstly, so that you can see that you are NOT ALONE, and secondly, so that we can discuss how you could have avoided that embarrassing incident! Somehow, when we hear that 70 million other people are going through what we have gone through or are still going through, suddenly it does not seem that bad. I want this to be a place of inspiration. I challenge anyone to tell me an embarrassing story that I cannot show you how to avoid the next time.
One of my PWS told me that she stuttered so badly in front of everyone at her work. She told me that even though I have self-cured, my stutter was probably not as bad as hers had ever been! I started laughing and told her all about the weird and wonderful events that took place in my life. More importantly, we then spoke about how I could have avoided each one.
Do you know what happened? It gave her hope. For the first time, I could see that she believed that if I had gone through exactly what she had gone through, and I am here today, stutter-free, then so could she. And guess what? Today she is a PWSS (Person who stopped stuttering!). You too can join the world of PWSS if you only give WSSA a chance!September 21, 2020 at 9:31 am #27766GáborParticipant
I don’t want to dwell on painful memories but I have two embarrassing speaking memories on my mind right now:
– A telemarketer hung up the phone on me without any questions after I had a severe speech block.
– People asked my friends behind my back if I had some mental issues/disability.November 21, 2020 at 6:08 am #28218Adam WerthParticipant
This might be wrong but we KNOW we aren’t mentaly disabled…….but let them think we are mentally disabled!!!! The people that ask friends if we are mental disabled don’t even know us-we don’t know them…..just brush those ignorant strangers aside and press on!
I got called a name today by some stranger and I thought “shows what you know don’t it!”November 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm #28221
Adam, if people call you names due to your stutter, they are just ignorant. Ignore them and move them!December 1, 2020 at 1:11 am #28332Adam WerthParticipant
Does this count as embarrassing…..??
Being asked if I know sign language when trying to use a crutch out in public……I was still not understood even when using a crutch….and I was asked “do you know sign language??”
That really angered me–I certainly wish I had known sign language. When trying to use a crutch still made it hard to be understood…….I was dropping letters of some hard words that I had no clue I was going to stumble on. The clerk didn’t understand me when I tried the Lovett tactic…..December 1, 2020 at 9:57 am #28344
Adam, why did you not write what you wanted to say? That would have been the perfect opportunity! The number of times I have written something down to avoid stuttering!!! And the great thing is that in 2020, we all always have our cellphones on us, so just whip that out next time and write it down.
Remember, the most important thing is that you avoid forming a new stutter memory!December 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm #28440CliftonModerator
It was my 18th birthday, I went to my first ever Krav Maga class. I got paired with this guy that politely introduced himself to me, I fell silent. I couldn’t say my name. Like… at all… I kept trying over and over again until he started guessing what my name was, he tried a few “C” names as I shook my head. He eventually said “it’s ok, don’t worry about it” and started training with me. I wanted to die.December 9, 2020 at 8:43 pm #28444GáborParticipant
When I was in my teens, I called my martial arts master on the phone, because I couldn’t attend a class. At first, I couldn’t talk for 30 seconds, then finally I was able to tell him that I’m sick and I can’t go to the class. At the second time it took only 20 seconds, because he figured out that I must be the one who called him again.:)
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