When it comes time for a person who stutters to get a job, feelings of nervousness may begin to surface, but there is no reason to let your nerves take over. Stuttering at work can be a challenge, but it does not mean that you will not be able to communicate effectively on the job. Here’s what to keep in mind when it comes to stuttering in the workplace:
There Are Many Firsts
When you start a new job, or your very first job, you will experience many firsts. This may be your first job interview, your first presentation in front of a large crowd, or your first time being required to make back-to-back phone calls. Start small to prepare for the tasks ahead by listening to inspiring podcasts such as StutterTalk, meeting with a speech therapist who specializes in stuttering, or discussing your feelings with a friend or loved one. By taking things one step at a time, you will begin to feel less fear about the tasks ahead.
Allow Yourself to Stutter
Attempting to hide your stutter from employers, coworkers, or clients/patients can increase stress rather than alleviate it. It may even reduce effectiveness in your position. Allow yourself to stutter; you will be able to focus your energy on your responsibilities at work rather than focusing on hiding your stutter.
Be Your Own Advocate
Misconceptions about stuttering are everywhere, not just in the workplace, but it can cause incorrect assumptions on behalf of management, coworkers, and clients. Self-advertising your stutter can make a world of a difference, letting others know that you are aware of your speech disorder and that it does not affect your capabilities at work.
Even those that have become comfortable with their stutter have difficult moments. It can be challenging, and no one should ever have to go through anything alone. Seek out support systems and meet others who stutter that may share some of the same feelings you have experienced.
Having a stutter does not mean you will not succeed in the workplace. Many people who stutter are extremely effective communicators at their jobs. Take the first step today with the help of SpeechEasy.
SpeechEasy is a combination of proven technology and techniques which can be used to reduce stuttering. Worn in one ear and similar in appearance to a hearing aid, SpeechEasy has helped thousands increase their ability to communicate effectively and confidently. The program that comes with every SpeechEasy is supported by a team of fluency professionals who truly care about your success. Contact us today!