Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stutter Social Q+A with the Broca Brothers

On Thursday, September 17, we had the pleasure of chatting with Stuart and Hille of the Broca Brothers in our latest YouTube live broadcast. Hailing from the Netherlands, the duo has been producing videos – which have earned a lot of views shortly after being posted – featuring pep talks on keeping up with speaking goals and tips on maintaining a positive outlook towards stuttering.

Hosted by co-founders David Resnick and Daniele Rossi and the community manager for the Stutter Social mobile app, Christine Dits, we delved a little further into the personalities behind Stuart and Hille, their motivations for producing their videos, and tips on coping with stuttering.

During our hour long conversation, topics covered include how they got started with their videos, the impact making their videos had on themselves and their family and friends, the power of daily affirmations, acceptance versus fluency, and the ups and downs of stuttering.

You can watch the broadcast directly above or on YouTube. Please feel free to continue posting questions or comments. The broadcast may have ended, but the conversation can certainly continue. Happy watching!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Save the date! Stutter Social YouTube broadcast with the Broca Brothers

Photo of the Broca Brothers
Broca Brothers, Hille (left) and Stuart (right).

As countless of us head back to school and work, the end of summer and beginning of fall brings in a new era of successes, challenges and venturing out of our comfort zones. Stutter Social is hosting a Q+A Hangout on Air, to be live streamed on YouTube, with the Broca Brothers on September 17 at 7:00pm EDT (Toronto, New York) about not letting your stuttering get you down.

Hailing from The Netherlands, Broca Brothers Hille, 26, and Stuart, 21, have recently gone viral with videos featuring pep talks on keeping up with speaking goals and tips on maintaining a positive outlook.

Both brothers stuttered severely when they were growing up. However, they took matters into their own hands and became proactive in doing something about their speech, not letting it hold them back.

We’ll be chatting with the Broca Brothers about their experiences with stuttering as they share their tips for others. While the Hangout will only be available to panelists, we invite anyone watching on YouTube to share their questions – which we’ll ask the Hangout – and comments on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter (with the #pwschat hashtag). The link to the broadcast will be posted on our Facebook event page, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

In the meantime, please RSVP on our Facebook event page and check out some of the Broca Brothers’ videos for your viewing pleasure. We hope to see you watching the broadcast on YouTube!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Stutter Social Stories: Kelly Tabra from Peru

Let's get to know another Stutter Social regular! We introduce you to Kelly Tabra, a Stutter Social participant and person who stutters (PWS), who lives in the beautiful country of Peru.

1. Tell us about yourself
My name is Kelly Tabra. I am 26 years old. I am from Trujillo, Peru. I am a psychologist who works in marketing and entrepreneurship. And I am a person who stutters.

2. What are your hobbies?
Reading, especially about human behavior, poetry and different genres of novels; watching horror and drama movies and series and, finally, writing. Currently, I am collaborating with psychological articles for a journal of my city.

3. What's your "stuttering history" like? What was it like growing up as a PWS?
I started to stutter when I was five years old. My journey was quite difficult but interesting. I summarize it in three phases:

  • First, lack of knowledge about stuttering and denial; 
  • Later, when I became older, I understood stuttering to destroy it; and
  • Finally, I understood stuttering to accept it.
Right now, I can say that I am PWS with the challenges and risks that it supposes, I feel more comfortable in speaking situations and try to assume my stutterer identity.

4. How did you find about Stutter Social and what made you give it a try? 
A couple of months ago, I searched for real-time discussion platforms about stuttering.  I wasn't sure if something like this existed in the Internet. That's why I can't describe my joy when I found Stutter Social and I read about the Hangouts with PWS.  In that moment, I knew that it would be the beginning of a great experience because I wanted to see and hear another PWS just like me.

5. How did Stutter Social help you?
Stutter Social helped in many ways: not only in accepting my stuttering but also making me feel that I am not alone in my journey; that there many PWS around the world who have the same challenges and struggles as me; and that each PWS, no matter how he or she thinks and feels about stuttering, is part of this lovely community. I feel very grateful for the support and also happy because I am improving my English skills.

6. What tips would you give to other people who stutter? 
Be a person more critical with theories, treatments and stories about stuttering. There are more questions than answers about stuttering. So, try to be cautious and use the knowledge and resources which are useful for you – only for your personal journey. Acceptance is valuable. The more you deny, fight and resist stuttering, the more stuttering becomes bigger and takes the control of your life. Don’t let that happen.

Many thanks for Kelly for allowing us to interview her for our blog. If you haven't given our Stutter Social Hangouts a try, what are you waiting for? Check our website for our Hangout schedule. We hope to see you in a Hangout soon!