After introductions and why people like a Sunday meeting, we moved on to one of my group questions. "Is there a particular action brought on by your stuttering that has shaped or hindered what you do and how you do it? This could be making a call, ordering food at a drive thru, meeting new people etc. I asked people to bring up a specific event. So come to a meeting and you can hear our stories.
Key takeaways; Modification of one's speech and avoidance behavior causes can range from daily decisions such as ordering food, making and receiving calls at work, and even some fluency is worse around really old friends vs. new ones.
Questions we covered were;
What actions have you taken to try to improve the situation?
Have they been positive or negative?
Why do you think this is?
How do you think you could improve the situation?
The takeaway from several people were you need to get out of your comfort zone and try. Many activities and sports is a perishable skill set if not practiced. Well, speech and one's fluency is the same. Practice more on the phones, call places to ask questions on the phone, take dance lessons to introduce yourself many times a night, practice going thru a drive thru, join a group to meet others. Taking charge on one's stuttering is controlling what you CAN CONTROL. Putting yourself in positions you can practice better fluency really comes down to confidence. Fake it to you make it LOL. Once one can understand to speak when they are ready, will their fluency and confidence improve.