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Communicating Politely with Somone Who Stutters March 27, 2009

Posted by lyndastucky in Communication.

About 1% of the adult population stutters.  It’s not uncommon to feel uncomfortable speaking to someone who stutters.  Here are some suggestions to help you communicate more effectively. 

1. Dismiss assumptions you may have about people who stutter.

2. Don’t provide suggestions to the speaker about how to speak better (“slow down,” “relax,” etc.)

3. Be an active listener by nodding your head and making eye contact.

4. Don’t finish the speaker’s sentences when he/she gets stuck on a word.

5. Be open and honest. let the speaker know that you are willing to listen and are patient about hearing what he/she has to say.

Famous people who stuttered:

Winston Churchhill, Marilyn Monroe, James Earl Jones, Bruce Willis, Bob Love, John Stossel and Carly Simon.

Would you like to learn more about stuttering?  See the article below:

Stuttering; Answers for Employers



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