In July 2022, we returned to the beautiful and historic city of Cork to hold another In-Person course. We were there for one reason only: working hard to overcome stuttering. Everyone knuckled down over the 3 course days and day by day the transformation unfolded.
Here are comments from some of our returning members:
“I found the course fantastic. It was very different to previous courses I attended, as this course focused particularly on deliberate dysfluency. Being asked to sit in front of the new students was a privilege and I was delighted to have been asked.”Saoirse
“This was my first McGuire Programme in-person course in over a decade. For me, it was a wonderful experience of going back to basics, refreshing my knowledge and drilling my costal breathing and other techniques. There was a real “Irishness” to the room, which to me is a unique mixture of seriousness and irreverent humour. For new students/members, I think this helps them see that we are all normal people and I suspect this helped them relax and lean into the support of the programme.”Robert
“I really enjoyed the course and being a member this time instead of a new student. I was able to take in more information. Talking to other members in various sessions/workshops and receiving advice from them has really helped me.”Conn
More comments from our returning members:
“The course has given me the boost I needed to continue working hard to overcome stuttering and to make the most of the McGuire support around me.”Victoria
“I went to this course to practice my deliberate disfluency. It was something I was struggling with for the past while. I feel I achieved my goal at this as I was disciplined in the room but most importantly outside the room. It was also really nice to go back over the basics on Day 1. All in all, it was a very good productive weekend. I worked hard and I didn’t hold back. Watching the new students grow in confidence over a weekend is so inspiring and I will never tire of watching it so I’d like to say a huge well done to all the new students.”Alan
“It was my first in-person course and I feel like it really benefited me. No doubt I’ll be returning for the next one. Was also really nice to finally meet the coaches I had been in contact with over the phone for the last year and a half.”Tom
Even more comments from our returning members:
“I really enjoyed attending the full course. The feeling of being a part of something so life-changing is wonderful.”Megan
“The main benefit I found from attending the course was being strict with my speech and going back to basics. My main goal at the start of the course was to resist time pressure and speak with a few words per breath and I am glad to say I accomplished this not only surrounded by people in the McGuire Programme but also while I was in real-life situations.
I found it extremely beneficial being involved in the coaching side of things where I was given the opportunity to work with a new student for a couple of sessions. I found it great to be involved in helping the new student grasp the new techniques as well as shadowing him while he made phone contacts.”Maurice
“I found the Cork course very beneficial after not being to an in-person course in over 3 years. It was great to get back and see everyone again while also being disciplined with my own speech. I found it really helpful to get back into the drilling aspects, and realised I have grown a lot since the last in-person course I attended back in 2019. Being able to run my first split session on this course has helped so much with my confidence.”Michelle