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Confidence Cousins

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Drrrrumroll please: I’d like you to meet the Confidence Cousins

We’ve all heard of confidence (and most of us seek more of it!) but rarely do we acknowledge the equally important “confidence cousins”: self-esteem, optimism, self-compassion and self-efficacy. While we know stuttering is not directly affected by confidence, when we feel more confident we might feel less tension in our body, and that might make it just that much easier on our speech. Get to know the confidence cousins – you might like what you find!

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Creating an Authentic Personal Brand When You Stutter

Talking about personal branding makes many people cringe. This isn't helped by the fact that a lot of the hype behind personal branding can sound shallow and a little bit phony. 

All that aside, having a personal brand is important. It shows the world who we are and what makes us unique.

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Pushing Past your Perceived Limits

Christina SpicerChristina Spicer

I knew something was different about me. No one wanted to tell me, but I knew I didn’t sound the same as everyone else. When I reflect back on my adolescence, I would describe it in one simple word: alone. I didn’t understand why I was different, how I could fix it, or why me? Despite the sincerity of my questions, I posed them to a silent audience, from an empty stage, in what felt like a dark room.

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Finding Inspiration at the NSA Conference

At this year's NSA Conference in Dallas, Texas, I met Cilla Ramia, a conference First Timer who is both a nurse and a person who stutters. I spent quite a bit of time with her at the conference asking her questions, which she was happy to answer! Shortly after getting into Nursing School at Nipissing University in May, I began doubting myself and my capabilities of eventually becoming a nurse.

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