Being Direct About Stuttering
Posted August 17, 2015on:
I had a good experience last week with someone who was meeting me for the first time. During our conversation, I was stuttering quite well.
After several moments of really good stuttering, she leaned in and asked me how did I want her to respond when I was stuttering. She said, “you don’t want me to finish your words, right?” I said no, that I preferred to finish my own thoughts.
We talked about that for a moment. I told her people often guess wrong when they try to finish my thought and it’s just more respectful to let me finish. After all, it only takes a few extra seconds.
I thanked her for asking and bringing it up. I let her know I also appreciated her keeping good eye contact and staying present with me. I was so pleased with her interest and willingness to talk about stuttering.
Have you ever had someone ask you so directly how best to respond while your stuttering?