Breaking the Silence: Overcoming Stuttering with Unconventional Techniques


Stuttering, or stammering, is a speech disorder that affects millions of people around the world. It can be a frustrating and disheartening experience, leading to a lack of self-confidence and effective communication. However, there are unconventional techniques that have shown promise in helping individuals overcome stuttering. In this blog, we will explore one such technique, Not Thinking Before Speaking, as well as other strategies to empower individuals who stammer to speak fluently.

Understanding the Challenge

Stuttering is a complex speech disorder characterized by interruptions in the normal flow of speech. These interruptions can manifest as repetitions, prolongations, or blocks in the speech sounds. People who stutter often experience feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and frustration when communicating, which can impact their daily lives.

The Unconventional Approach: Not Thinking Before Speaking

The passage highlights an unconventional approach to address stuttering: asking individuals not to think before or as they speak. Instead, they are encouraged to start speaking as soon as they feel the “urge” to do so. This approach challenges the traditional notion that careful thought and planning are necessary for fluent speech.

  • Urgency vs. Thought: The technique emphasizes the importance of acting on the “urge” to speak rather than waiting for a fully formed thought or idea. Fluent speakers often rely on this immediate response to initiate speech. It’s worth noting that this idea aligns with Crutch 13, a technique considered advanced and typically introduced after mastering the first 12 Crutches.
  • Forming Ideas on the Fly: The approach involves forming ideas as individuals speak. In this process, no words are preplanned, and thoughts develop naturally as the conversation progresses. This mirrors how fluent speakers engage in spontaneous, impromptu conversations.

Breaking Stuttering Habits

Stuttering is often regarded as a habit that can be difficult to break. It’s a pattern of speech behavior that becomes deeply ingrained in one’s mind and is triggered automatically in response to speech challenges. The passage suggests that stuttering requires the consent and commitment, either consciously or subconsciously, of the individual who stutters. To overcome stuttering, individuals must be willing to withdraw their consent and refuse to commit to the stuttering block in every instance.

  • Self-Hypnosis: The passage mentions the use of self-hypnosis, specifically hetero hypnosis by a Certified Hypnotist, as a potentially effective tool for individuals with stuttering. After being hypnotized once or twice, individuals can learn self-hypnosis techniques. These techniques have provided a breakthrough for silent blockers, helping them start talking under pressure.
  • Crutches: Once full blocks are broken, Crutches become valuable tools to maintain fluent speech. While Crutches 1-8 are recommended for addressing First Feared Words, Crutch 11, titled “When all else fails,” becomes essential for silent blockers. The blog suggests that a combination of Crutches may be necessary in high-pressure situations.
  • Demonstrated Techniques

    The passage includes various techniques to break through blocks and encourage fluent speech, particularly for silent blockers:

  • Voice Register Change: Changing one’s voice register, especially to a lower register (soft voice or whisper), can help reduce the stress on the speaker and break through blocks. Many people who stutter can sing without stuttering, and holding a “note” or tone (such as “Ahhhh” or “Mmmm”) can create a continuous sound conveyor belt to propel words smoothly.
  • Word-Linkage: Word-linkage involves linking words seamlessly, with no hesitations or pauses. It is a powerful technique that prevents stutters and blocks. The goal is to speak the second the “urge” to speak arises, keep it short, come to full stops, take a brief break, and begin again.
  • A Shift to Idea-Passion-Joy: This technique focuses on the immediate shift of attention from oneself to the listener and the content of the message. By prioritizing conveying ideas with enthusiasm and joy, individuals can overcome blocks and maintain fluent speech.
  • Choosing the Right Crutch

    The passage emphasizes that different individuals may require different Crutches or combinations of Crutches to achieve fluent speech. It encourages experimentation to find the most effective Crutch for each person. The goal is always to achieve fluent speech and confidence in communication.

    The Holy Grail of Fluent Speech

    The ultimate goal for individuals who stutter is to achieve fluent speech without relying on any Crutches. This involves overriding the automatic response of fear-stutter-block with idea-passion-joy. This transition may take time, practice, and determination, but it is possible.

    Reprogramming the Mind

    Overcoming silent blocking requires reprogramming the mind’s response to speech challenges. Techniques such as auto suggestion and self-hypnosis treatments can help rewrite the Mind’s Memory Bank (MMB) to respond with ideas-passion-joy (IPJ) instead of fear-stutter-block (FSB). Consistent daily practice and affirmations can be crucial in this reprogramming process.


    Stuttering is a speech disorder that can be deeply challenging, but the passage and the techniques it discusses offer hope and empowerment. By breaking the silence and replacing stuttering habits with fluent speech habits, individuals who stammer can regain their self-confidence and communicate effectively. The key is practice, patience, determination, and the willingness to explore unconventional techniques that can lead to a life of fluent speech and confident communication.

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