Make Room For The Stuttering

Taking on Grace

Posted on: February 19, 2009

I received a great thank you letter today from the International Association of Administrative Professionals. I scanned it in, and was going to post it as a jpg, but it has addresses on it, so I will just summarize it. This was a pretty cool way to raise awareness about stuttering, and that was not even my intention. I was asked to speak as a Toastmaster.

It also reminds me of something someone told me almost 3 years ago, that has stayed with me. I have repeated it often, to myself, and to anyone who will listen. “When a person finds their voice, they take on grace”. I have found my voice. I am graceful.

This is the gist of the letter:

Dear Pam,

Thank you again for the informative, interesting and interactive presentation on February 17th.

Your topic, “Communicating Beyond Words: Public Speaking Tips for the Business World” was both timely and relevant.

As you noted, the audience was attentive, responsive and engaged. We admired how you turned a liability into an asset and have continously utilized that experience to raise public awareness about the perception and stigma associated with stuttering.

We appreciate you sharing your time, knowledge, story and “grace” with our group.

Best wishes for your continued confident speaking success.

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