If you speak well, people perceive you as a smart, charismatic person. On the other hand, if you often stutter and cannot express yourself clearly when you speak, people see you as an incompetent and weak person.
As much as you would like to be flawless when you speak, there are times when anxiety and nervousness get the better of you. Sometimes as you speak, your tongue seems to trip itself over no matter how hard you try not to stutter.
If stuttering has become more of a habit than an exception to you, here are the steps you can take to curb that habit:
1. Create a mental picture of what you are going to say
People who frequently stutter fail to visualize the words they intend to say before they start to speak. Worse, most of them have no idea what to say exactly and how to express it verbally. If you try to picture in your mind what you wish to say, then it will be a lot easier for you to find the right words to use to convey your message.
2. Perform an aural visualization
Practice speaking the words you usually find difficult to pronounce. Let your brain hear the words you are going to say. This mental exercise helps you get used to speaking the words that typically cause you to stutter.
3. Don’t pressure yourself too much
The more you pressure yourself to speak fluently, the higher your chances of stumbling when you speak. It is because you increase your anxiety and stress when you are pressured, causing you to stutter. Just relax when you speak.
4. Speak more slowly
Take a deep breath before you speak and feel the rhythm of every word that comes out. Speaking too fast can lead to more stammering. So speak at a moderate pace.
5. Speak as though you are singing
Try this: when you speak, do it in a singing way. Do you feel how much easier it is to speak that way? It is because people tend to stutter less when they sing.