Courage to Grow – Rob Woolley

About the Author: Rob Woolley has stuttered since he was 9 years old. Over the past 12 years especially, Rob has accumulated knowledge and experience working with people who stutter and using himself as a living, breathing experiment. Rob by completing a degree in Business Studies and developing control of his speech now trains, consults and mentors in business, leadership and communication where he specialises in public speaking.Rob has had leading roles in the McGuire Programme – former New Zealand Regional Director, and Toastmasters – former Division Director, National Trainer and finalist numerous times in National Public Speaking Contests.

Rob is now in the early stages of developing a new venture, Stutter Zen. Stutter Zen, through various social media platforms, will seek to improve the public’s understanding of stuttering and assist people who stutter to develop confidence as speakers through developing techniques to change their mental and physical approach to speaking.

This video is about the change is us as people when we grow by being courageous in accepting we can do what we want to do stutter or no stutter and how avoiding keep us where we are and not where we want to be but speaking in any form can set us free.

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Courage to Grow – Rob Woolley — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Rob,

    Awesome video. Thanks for putting this piece together. As a person who does not stutter, I found your intro very thought provoking. While not to the same extent as PSW, there have been times in my life where I have found myself not engaging in communication either out of fear or anxiety and the feelings emotions that have come with that. And other times where I have had those same feelings, yet still engaged, and the positives that came out of those experiences. Taking time to reflect on those past experiences bring a level of empathy which I hope to find use in practice as a future SLP. Using that self-reflection seems like a great way to find the courage to grow. Thanks for sharing.

    -Kyle

  2. Thank you for sharing, do you feel that becoming vulnerable and letting yourself go through these experiences have molded you into a more confident person? Do you still experience hard times with yourself and do you have any advice for people who have hard time letting go of the idea of not being perfect?

  3. Hi Rob,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the impact that stutter has had on your life. I think self-reflection is extremely important for personal growth and this is a step that is often overlooked or forgotten. I agree with you in that people avoid certain situations or make excuses; therefore we are unable to challenge ourselves by stepping outside of our comfort zones. We can accept the dysfluencies but we shouldn’t accept the stigmas associated with them. You said something that was really powerful when you said “The ultimate failure, is failure to try” and I think this was extremely inspirational and can be applied to everything we do in life. My only question for you would be, what do you feel was your biggest challenge you had to overcome in order to become the confident person that you are now?

  4. Hi Rob! Thank you for sharing your message in the video. Although I am not a person who stutters, I found myself relating to several of the points you discussed. I often feel that what I have to say is not worth other’s time and I worry about what others will think if I have difficulty articulating my thoughts clearly. Your experience with Toastmasters interests me. I had the opportunity to attend Toastmasters for free through a company I used to work for. For over four years I thought about going but never worked up the courage. I know that my insecurities and anxieties have held me back in some aspects of life, similar to the missed opportunities you mentioned. How did you break down the emotional and social barriers to embrace who you are and what advice do you have for others who need small steps to get started? Also, you discussed having a presence of mind to observe yourself from the outside. How do you evaluate shortcomings positively and turn them into motivation? If not done properly, I imagine this could have some harmful effects. Finally, you mentioned therapies that have been successful for you. Which ones have been most impactful and why? Do you believe that delivery of these therapies by a therapist had any impact? Thank you for your time!
    -Katie

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