Make Room For The Stuttering

Works For Me – Male Episode 12

Posted on: May 31, 2012

Episode 12 of the series of conversations with men who stutter features Lott Hughes, who hails from Temple, Texas. Lott served in the US Army for nine years and now works as an IT Specialist for the Veterans Administration.

Lott has a great story. As a tank driver in the Army, he felt that he was putting lives at risk when he was sometimes not able to communicate well.

His command sent him to a six-month intensive speech therapy program in Germany, which literally changed Lott’s life. It was there that he learned the fluency techniques that he needs to achieve his goal of 90-95% fluency.

Listen in as we discuss what has worked for him – facial muscle and breath control and handling his anxiety. Lott also got support from Toastmasters.

We talk about the upcoming NSA conference, and how his focus will differ than last year, his first time. Lott recently welcomed his first child into the world. He worries his son might stutter and wants to interact and learn from other parents.

I was happy that Lott shared his story with us, and look forward to meeting him in person at the 2012 NSA conference. Please feel free to leave comments or questions, for feedback is a gift.

The podcast safe music used in this episode is credited to ccMixter.

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2 Responses to "Works For Me – Male Episode 12"

Great job Lott, I found your story very inspirational. I know I can overcome a lot of aspects of my stuttering, and it was great to hear from someone who has done just that. I listened to this podcast this morning, and it gave me a little boost of energy and confidence in my stutter to start my day with :)

I just finished listening to your podcast. It was great! Has anyone ever said you sound like the actor, Vince Vaughn?? I feel like I know you better now. I had to laugh when you said you met a female stutterer for the first time and didn’t know females stuttered. Before this group I thought I was the only one too lol! A guy I am now friends with on FB wrote to me, before we became friends,and asked if I stuttered because he had never met a female stutterer before and wanted to be friends lol. At first I thought it was a joke and then felt like crap thinking…am I the only female stutterer on earth!? LOL…. You did a great job and you sound great too. I wish I can overcome my anxiety the way you did and just let it go. Your story was very inspirational :)

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