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20 March 2009

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David Jonas (27 February) has raised an important point in highlighting the difficulty experienced by the stammerers, stutterers and simply shy people in communicating with the ‘other’, whether an individual or a group


  • As somebody who stammered badly through primary and secondary school and then on to early manhood I have to say, however, that I can think of no better setting than a circle of Friends in which to gain confidence to help overcome the negative condition


  • I had the good fortune to be introduced at age twenty-six to an Austrian speech therapist who had fled the Nazis
  • I remember his opening comment pointing out that he would offer some guidance but that I and not he would bring about effective speaking
  • Then at a public speaking course in Harrogate, I recall the facilitator urging the shyer of us in the group to bear in mind that the normal audience we are addressing wishes us to succeed in our presentation and not the converse, which is surely true particularly among Quakers

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