My name is Stephen Hill, I have overcome a stammer which had been a major thorn in my side for eighteen years. My aim in life is to try and help as many other people to achieve fluency as I can.
When I had a stammer, I would attend speech therapy, at which I would be told to slow down or to take a deep breath before talking.
This did not seem to help me very much and after attending these speech therapy lessons for eighteen years decided it probably never would.
I firmly believed that my own stammer was very much a physcological as well as a physical problem as at times I could talk very well, like for example when I was talking to my girlfriend or when I was talking when I was drunk.
I decided to read a lot of books about positive thinking for example and at the same time started to study how good fluent talkers were speaking compared to me. I was basically trying to re-learn how to speak.
It was hard for me to truly believe I would ever be able to achieve fluency as everyone had always told me that you can not overcome a stammer.
After about a year though I managed to overcome the stammer and then started to help other people to achieve fluency.
Stephen Hill runs The How To Stop Stammering Centre in Birmingham.