December 2, 2020 at 2:59 am #28352
I’ve read the book and watched the videos and it seems like there’s an overwhelming amount to accomplish and remember in a day to become a PWSS.
Read everything aloud throughout day
Practice the crutches
Sound affirmations when you sleep and when you’re awake
Being mindful in every conversation about crutches
I am in no way complaining and do appreciate what I have learned so far. The lee method has helped me the most.
What I’m curious about is if anyone has a solid daily plan that is easily digestible and easier to remember? How do you manage to do the daily tasks and be mindful enough to be a speech cop, consistently? Did you do everything Lee said to daily to become a PWSS?
Thank you guys!December 2, 2020 at 10:04 am #28357Leah AreffModerator
Nothing in life worth having comes easy 🙂
In order to become a PWS, you only need to spend an hour or two daily on your speech.
1-hour reading aloud daily
3 x 20 minutes mind training
Practised the crutches when speaking, when under pressure and when not under pressure.
Read my whatsapps, emails, news articles out loud.
I did not do the self-hypnosis or playing the recordings while I slept, but I know for a fact that it helps many people cure ten times faster.
Lastly, being a speech cop takes practice. It will not happen in a day. Remember that it took you years to form the stuttering habit, so it is not going to disappear in a day. Every time you forget to use the crutches, you remind yourself to use them. Eventually, you will no longer have to remind yourself to be a speech cop, as it will come naturally. You will have replaced the stuttering habit with a fluent habit. This will take about 2 to 3 months for most people and a bit more for more severe PWS.
Hope this helps!December 2, 2020 at 12:16 pm #28359
I even used to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual to do my first self-hypnosis treatment. I still do it, and I don’t regret it at all.
At work, I hada post-its all over my desk and screen of my computer reminding me to speak like a King and other Crutches. If at that moment I was alone, I would read aloud all my emails and things I normally have to read. If I was with other people, I’d do it in a whisper to avoid disturbing them.
At home, instead of watching TV or doing nothing, I got a book and started reading aloud and practice with the Crutches.
When exercising , or walking to my office, in the supermarket, when exercising, I would say my auto-suggestions or listen to the recordings of those instead of music.
I admit that listening to the recordings at night tends to affect your sleep, so what I did some days instead was listening to those while working (maybe for 5 or 6 hours).
What can I say… It became my nº1 priority, and I don’t regret it. It has changed my life. The thing is that you can do most of these things while you do what you usually did.December 2, 2020 at 6:09 pm #28365
Did you experience any hoarseness after reading aloud say 1-2 hours a day after a week or so? I struggle with this and it could be a personal issue. Just curious if you had that issue as well.
Thank you for your insightful response and I enjoyed hearing your perspective!December 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm #28366
I struggle with the night time recordings as well as I’m already not a great sleeper. I will keep working on ways to make it work.
I admire how much you’ve integrated it into your daily routine. I will have to do the same if I want to succeed. I just always kindof felt guilty multi tasking my speech practice and other things at the same time because I felt like it wasn’t getting my full attention.
I am glad to hear it will still be effective in the long run. I am going to use your little reminder post-it idea for my environment as well.
Thank you!!!December 2, 2020 at 9:36 pm #28368CliftonModerator
I’m going to echo Coach Leah (or Tasneem in this thread), don’t try to fix your stuttering in one day. Take it a day at a time and make the next step a priority until you master it, then move on to the next one, whatever that may be for you. For me it took a few months to make the habit of all of it.December 3, 2020 at 7:44 am #28369
about what you said to Leah/Tasneem about experiencing hoarseness after reading aloud for 1-2 hours, this also happened to me. I remember days that I was more anxious, with more stuttering fears, and what I did to overcome that was to read aloud for 1 or 2 hours straight, using the Crutches while doing so, and just like you said, I began experiencing hoarseness, so what I did was to continue reading aloud in a whisper. Your brain will “hear” your voice just as well if you read in a whisper. And that’s what I did.
When I was about to become a PWSS, I had the worst sore throat of my life. I had no voice for one entire month. I even wnet to th doctor, and they prescribed me with antibiotics. So during that month, I continued reading aloud and speaking in a whisper. I couldn’t speak any louder. At that time, it was the most fluent month of my life, thanks to that Crutch precisely (Crutch 7!December 3, 2020 at 9:26 am #28373GáborParticipant
Yes, whispering is great, because you can even practice reading aloud when others are around and you don’t want to bother them. And it also isn’t straining your vocal chords.December 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm #28375
I’m definitely going to incorporate more whispering to combat the over-speaking hoarseness.
I live in the desert and it’s very dry all year round and I’m assuming this has a lot to do with it. If it worsens I’ll do as you did Javier and get checked out by a doctor.
It’s funny because that’s what I’ve been doing for the a couple months. I’d get anxious then practice practice practice to the point overspeaking would make my throat hurt and make me stutter more so I’d have to stop for a couple days.
Thanks again guys.December 3, 2020 at 3:25 pm #28376
Have you tried buyinig a humidifier? (I’m not sure if it’s called like this in English…. it’s a device that makes the place more humid) They are not expensive, and they sell it in Amazon, for example. They might help you with that. The city where I live it, the air is very dry, especially in Summer, and my throat really notices it.December 3, 2020 at 4:15 pm #28378
I have a humidifier but I haven’t been using it. I’m going to have to stop neglecting it.
I’ve been looking up ways to coat your throat naturally as well during my daily reading practice.
Slippery elm lozenges are supposed to work well for coating the throat and doesn’t dry your throat out even more like menthol does.
Thanks again, Javier!December 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm #28379
you’re welcome!December 4, 2020 at 7:23 am #28380Leah AreffModerator
I am sorry that I could not offer you advice about having a sore throat, I did not experience this. The advice by Javier seems great though, keep us updated with this challenge.
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