In our country we have handful of ‘ex-stammers’ trying to sell their own way of cure. But lately, I came across one ex-stammerer who has gone a step further.
This so-called ex-stammerer was featured in a TV program for his exceptional will-power to overcome his speech problem. The story covered said that he even attempted suicide at a point of time! But now he runs a speech therapy centre to help other PWS. The story covered on the TV program was really inspirational.
Inspired by his story, I contacted him on his yahoo chat id, and wanted to converse with him. I wanted to know how he got the strength to come out of a situation which compelled him to attempt a suicide.
But I was disappointed. The moment I started the conversation, he asked me if I am interested in ‘Network Marketing’. Then he tried to convince me how Network Marketing and practicing it, will help us overcome our Stammer problem. He claimed that if I buy the products of some company, and register for some study programs and talk to people and try convincing them to join the network, I can get rid of the stammering. In the end I realized it was a popular company which is into network marketing. Some readers must have guessed the name of the company by now.
What disturbed me was, this person, who claims to be an ex-stammerer was looking to cash on the desperation of a PWS to cure his stammering. He was shrewd enough to know that a PWS can go to any extent to overcome his stammering. He saw an opportunity to garner members and widen his network, by exploiting the sentiments of a stammerer! Can a PWS do this to other PWS? Is he really a PWS (or ex-stammerer) that he claims to be?