When you have a speech impediment, it can feel intimidating and stressful to connect with others.
You might fear their judgment, feel embarrassed or insecure, or even feel that you’ll be bullied.
The reality is that your speech shouldn’t get in the way of your happiness. Your speech is just one part of your awesome personality.
Read on to learn how you can embrace your impediment and get out of your own way.
1. Acknowledge It
Let’s get one thing straight right away — chances are, the people around you have noticed your speech impediment.
Whether your stutter, have a lisp, or just struggle to speak in a way others can understand, we know that sometimes the hardest thing about it is helping the people in your life to understand it.
They may feel like they’ll insult you if they ask you questions. They may offer unwanted advice. Or, worst of all, they may ignore it altogether, creating awkward situations for everyone.
Even if it’s difficult, it’s up to you to acknowledge your speech.
Not only will this end the “elephant in the room” feeling, but it will also give the people you care about a chance to understand what it’s like and to get their questions answered.
2. Joke About It
You know what they say — laughter is the best medicine.
And if you can make a joke about your speech impediment, you’re showing others that you’re confident about it and don’t let it get in your way.
You don’t need to be self-deprecating all of the time, but making a funny joke about your stutter at your own expense will help other people to feel more comfortable around you.
Plus, they’ll start to see you as a unique and fun person — not as someone who is defined by their impediment.
3. Get Out There
If you really want to learn to embrace your impediment, you need to stop getting in your own way.
The reality is that the reactions that you are afraid other people will have about your speech are likely not going to happen — they’re just in your head.
You just have to give the kindness of others the opportunity to surprise you. Remember, everyone has their struggle, and just because you can’t see or hear those of others doesn’t mean they’re not fighting something, too.
So get out there and start talking to as many people as you can — it gets easier every time!
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While we hope that the advice in this post has helped you to feel more confident about your speech and your interactions with others, we know that sometimes, you just want to talk to people who get it.
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