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Another Inspiring TED Talk

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Here’s another very inspiring talk by a woman who stutters. At 28, she finally feels she can “come clean” with her stuttering.

And she sings beautifully at the end too. A must watch!

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Megan Alexanda Washington (born 7 January 1986, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is an Australian musician and songwriter also known mononymously as Washington.

Originally performing jazz music her style evolved to indie pop and alternative rock where she sings and plays piano and guitar.

On 30 July 2010, Washington released her debut album, I Believe You Liar, on Murmur Records, which peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and, by end of 2011, received a platinum certificate from ARIA for shipment of 70,000 copies.

She developed a stutter early in her life and continues to struggle with her speech.

During an emotional talk at the recent TedxSydney conference, Brisbane singer-songwriter Megan Washington discussed her life-long struggle with stuttering, revealing the true extent of her own stutter and explaining the benefit of various stutter “loopholes” and the therapeutic merit of singing.

“Singing for me is sweet relief, it is the only time when I feel fluent,” she explains. “Somehow, through some miraculous synaptic function of the human brain, it’s impossible to stutter when you sing, and when I was younger that was a method of treatment that worked really well for me.”

Washington opened her talk by explaining that despite spending “a lot of my life on the stage,” she has spent her life “up until this point and including this point living in mortal dread of public speaking. It’s the first time that she has discussed the impact of her stutter in such vivid and humorous detail.

The singer concludes her talk with a performance of her new song To Or Not Let Go, the second single from her forthcoming album — the follow-up to 2010’s I Believe You Liar — recorded at London’s RAK Studios and Peter Gabriel’s New World with producer Sia producer Samuel Dixon.

A must watch !!!!!!

Thank you for posting. I was struck by her comment on “smooth speech” as a way to not stutter. She said that she could speak fluently that way “but it’s not me.” Very insightful.

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