September 18, 2020 at 8:14 am #27749
Which affirmation do you think has or is helping you the most?
Do you prefer Auto-Suggestions or Self-Hypnosis?
Are you using Auto-Suggestions or self-hypnosis for other things not related to your speech?September 26, 2020 at 1:48 pm #27803Vikram NandyalaParticipant
One affirmation I have created for myself is “I will trust the crutches”. I feel like sometimes in the heat of experiences, we must doubt the crutches at the last second BUT we have to remember to trust them and allow them to do my magic! This is a big one that has helped me and I feel my auto-suggestions are evolving. What are yours Javie?September 28, 2020 at 7:41 am #27811
I like that one, Virkam!
One of my favourite ones, regarding my speech, is “every day I will plan less and less words”.
Another one I always use is “today I’m going to make a happy day”.September 28, 2020 at 7:46 am #27813
By the way, the next time I am the speaker on the SAM meetings, I’ll be speaking about this 🙂September 30, 2020 at 8:59 am #27819Leah AreffModerator
Javie, my favourite affirmation was “I love to say my name” and “I love to speak on the phone” because they werer the last things that I still stuttered on towards the end of my curing days. Most PWS stutter with these as well.
Now, I cannot wait to introduce myself or answer the phone. It truly amazing how repeating something to yourself can actually make you believe that it is true. The brain is so powerful!September 30, 2020 at 9:18 am #27824
yes, I also used to struggle a lot more when speaking on the phone and when saying my name, and I also used those affirmations. They are really helpful! We shouldn’t underestimate the power of auto-suggestions and self-hypnosis!September 30, 2020 at 10:25 am #27831
Do you think “I am an equal speaking partner in every speaking situation” can be a good affirmation?September 30, 2020 at 10:37 am #27832
It might work. But don’t forget to visualize yourself speaking fuently, feeling relaxed and confident, and enjoying yourself. Visualization is key both in auto-suggestions and self-hypnosis.October 3, 2020 at 7:50 am #27850Leah AreffModerator
You will start to believe any affirmation you repeat enough, negative or positive. That is why it is so important to keep your affirmations as positive as possible. I would go so far as to say “I am the best speaker in every speaking situation”. Eventually, your mind will start believing this, and your speech anxiety will dissipate much faster.October 7, 2020 at 3:36 pm #27885cindyParticipant
One of my most useful affirmations is “I will speak slowly. I will not rush when I speak”
This has helped me tremendously. As PWS I think we often felt so much anxiety and want to get the speaking situation over with that we end up sounding like a total train wreck – stuttering and even making the listener anxious!October 8, 2020 at 7:34 am #27891
That’s a good one, Cindy! We tend to speak faster when we’re under pressure, and that makes it even worse.October 20, 2020 at 10:42 am #27970
I just realized I forgot a very important part, when I’m using affirmations: imagine myself in a tough speaking situation, in which I tell the affirmations fluently. I imagined myself back in high school standing in the front of my class (which was a difficult and often humiliating situation for me at that time) and the fact that now I tell my affirmations fluently almost brought tears into my eyes.
Lee’s marvelous book is so full of hidden gems which are easy to overlook if we only read it once or twice.October 20, 2020 at 10:54 am #27972
That’s fantastic, Gábor. Keep it like that. It seems like you’re making a lot of progress!!
About Lee’s book, yeah, you’re right. I’ve read the 2nd edition of the book 2 times. Then I read the 3rd edition when it was released, then I translated it to Spanish, and had to read it thoroughly several times to search for typos and such. So I almost know the book by heart now, but every time I read it I learnt new things.October 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm #27973
Yes, I had some nasty blocks recently but also had some surprising fluency successes, like I’ve just had a 30 minutes work call from my manager and I think my speech was pretty decent with some smaller blocks and hesitations.October 20, 2020 at 2:23 pm #27977
That’s fantastic, Gábor. You should definitely feel proud of this, and celebrate these moments. Keep working on your speech!
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