|About the Author: Daniele Rossi is a digital strategist and cartoonist living in Toronto. Stuttering and drawing comics since he was 4 years old, Daniele grew up to produce the Stuttering is Cool podcast and book of the same name with the latter featuring comics starring Franky Banky, a cartoon fox who stutters. An active participant in the global stuttering community, Daniele co-founded Stutter Social, an online community facilitating group video chats for people who stutter all over the world; is an advisory member to the board of the Canadian Stuttering Association; and draws Franky Banky comics for the Association bègaiement communication quarterly newsletter. Since his first name can be difficult even for English-language non-stutterers to say fluently, you can call him Danny.|
In this “drawtoon”, I enlist the help from Franky Banky, a cartoon fox who stutters, to explain how you can live the life you want in spite of your stuttering. All it takes are four simple steps. While they are easier said than done (no pun intended), they are definitely worth it as you grow less fearful of speaking situations as you face them one small step at a time.
It worked for me. Mostly because I never received any negative responses when I simply explained to others that I stuttered. What is really awesome is this often leads to a conversation about what stuttering is, debunking misconceptions, and sometimes you learn the other person stutters, too!
Even more awesome is stuttering openly and showing that you’re ok with it, gives the message to other person that they can be ok with your stuttering, too.
And even more awesome is stuttering openly and showing you’re ok with it also gives the impression that you are a confident person! After all, we live in a society that demands perfection which is humanly impossible. To be able to be perfectly fine with imperfection(s) is a sign of confidence. And confidence is what attracts people to you.
You will also experience the reality that people don’t care that you stutter in the first place.
I stutter. So what?
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