Speak Your Mind – Rob Woolley

About the Author: I’m Rob Woolley from Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve studied many approaches to overcoming stuttering, met some amazing people, and enjoy experimenting and understanding why we speak the way we do. I feel we are better being fascinated by our speech than fearful of it and I firmly believe our attitude determines our altitude. I currently use my speech to present on aspects of leadership, management, and public speaking. I enjoy meeting new people, learning new things and trying to solve the potentially unsolvable.

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Speak Your Mind – Rob Woolley — 9 Comments

  1. Rob, I really enjoyed watching your video! I love your phrases, “when you hold your tongue you end up without a voice,” and “everybody is entitled to my opinion.” As an SLP graduate student, your video helped me see stuttering in a different light. I want to help my students build confidence, knowing that their voice is important, too! Together, everyone makes the world a better place. Based on your experience, what advice do you have for me when advocating for my students, or when sparking within them a sense of confidence and self-worth? Thanks!

  2. Rob,
    I thought your statement about how your stutter was an excuse was extremely powerful. It is difficult to hear about how someone feels that they cannot speak their mind out of fear of what people will think or believe. You have an inspiring message about how everybody is entitled to your and their opinion. You have a wonderful understanding that people want to hear what you have to say. Finding your voice I think will help others do the same. I loved learning how you were able to overcome your fear of speaking your mind and realizing that people deserve to hear it. Is there one specific instance or day that helped you find your voice? Or was it the realization you mentioned that nobody told you not to speak your mind besides you?

  3. Hi Rob,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I loved your message about the importance of speaking your mind. I am a graduate student in the field of speech language pathology. I was wondering if you would share any strategies that you have used to be help you become more comfortable when speaking your mind. Are there strategies that worked well for you or any that did not?

    Mary Catherine

  4. Rob,
    Thank you for sharing! I appreciate the many things that you said and the points that you made. Your video goes along with what is said in your bio – “our attitude determines our altitude.” With the right approach and attitude, we can accomplish many things. I too believe that we have to be the ones to push ourselves to speak up and show that we have a voice. At what age did you first realize that you wanted to take action to be heard and share what you had to say? What strategy worked best for you when working to gain the confidence and comfortability of speaking your mind? Thanks!

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