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Her Authentic Voice – Episode 151

Posted on: February 23, 2016

PamEpisode 151 features Nora Sadik, who hails from Urbana, Illinois. Nora is a Master’s student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is studying environmental engineering with an emphasis on water quality in the developing world. She enjoys creative activities such as painting and cooking and also enjoys live music.

Nora shares that she has always had a pull toward human health. She’s had a drive to help people, but it’s really the people helping her.

Listen in to a great conversation that covers a lot of ground. We talk about how women don’t take as many risks, that we’re perhaps wired to be cautious and protect ourselves. We relate that to women who stutter, and talk about protecting ourselves based on who we are and our feelings about stuttering.

We talk about thinking about what the other person is thinking about us when we are in conversation. We create fear, which can be consuming and exhausting.

And we talk about Nora’s experience as a Keynote speaker at a conference for girls called “Authentic Voices.”  She shares that her talk was about her journey toward self-acceptance with her speech and how self acceptance of any challenge we have is important to empower girls.

The music used in today’s episode is credited to ccMixter.


4 Responses to "Her Authentic Voice – Episode 151"

Thank you Pam and Nora for a great interview. What a wise young woman Nora is. Inspiring.

How do you find your “Women Who Stutter”?

Either the women ask if they can be a guest on the show, or I invite them. I am involved in a lot of stuttering groups, so I run across a lot of women who stutter. Everybody has a story that needs to be told. – Pam

I loved this conversation! For such a young woman, Nora seems to be so in touch with herself and her stutter. She made several wise points, like after the stuttering moment has passed, we realize that we’re still okay, and how we treat ourselves during the non-fluent times is very important, that we need to stay positive and compassionate with ourselves. Nora is in her 20’s and is well on her way to self-acceptance of her speech. Although my stutter is on the mild side, I make it worse by trying to hide it and trying not to stutter. I recently turned 41 and am only now beginning of journey of self-acceptance. Thank you, Pam, for creating this forum for people like me, a woman who stutters.

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