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Body Language And Stuttering

Posted on: August 6, 2014

I just finished reading a great article in my Toastmasters magazine on the importance of body language when speaking, whether to one person or a large group.

As a Toastmaster, I know the importance of body language. It helps us to convey feelings and emotions and shows our level of confidence. People pick up on our non-verbal cues and then often know how to react or respond.

As I read and reflected on body language, it made me wonder how it relates with our stuttering. I posed this question on an online forum for women who stutter and got some good responses.

Several said something similar – standing with pride. Friend Amey writes: “Shoulders back, head up, eye contact. Keeping this posture during stuttering can be liberating. It rips down stereotypes of us being scared and curled up in a ball.”

Amey goes on to say that seeing a proud person who stutters is powerful. It conveys confidence. She says, “Watch me stutter!”

What do you think? Is body language important to keep in mind about our stuttering? Can you feel pride while stuttering?

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