Mumbai SHG meet was organised at Neptune mall, Bhandup and we had four
attendees for the day: Ameya, Wasim, Mustafa and myself.
session started with 15-20 mins of general discussion about stuttering,
how it effects our mind, Bramhavidya, breathing techniques etc. Then we
had a introductory session where one had to stand and speak for 3 mins
about himself. The other 3 members were asked to observe and give
feedback on specific areas eg. me on body language, Ameya
on content and Mustafa on speech. We started with Wasim followed by
Mustafa, Ameya and myself, in the same order. It was a different
experience than normal sitting introductions. Due to the corporate style
of introduction, we felt butterflies in out stomach even though there
were just four of us. The activity and the specific feedback given by
other members was really appreicated. Then we had a reverse introduction
round where a member was asked to repeat key points about the other
member. Eg Mustafa reintroducing Ameya.
was followed by Story board building session where one member starts a
story with a few lines and another has to quickly add the next few lines
to continue the story and so on. Again Wasim did the honours and the
story started with a road trip to satara and ended with me waking up in
and finding out that its a dream. I’ll skip Mustafa’s pink underwear
random topics were assigned to members for a 3 min speech on the same.
The sequence was decided by draw of lots and again Wasim set the ball
rolling with a speech on facebook. Then Ameya spoke on Quality Walls
icecream followed be me on Subway and it ended with Mustafa’s speech on
Samsung mobiles. Again specific observations and feedback was shared by
members which was very helpful.
realised the importance of structuring the thoughts in the mind before
speaking and positive body language through this activity.
last activity was a simple one. Members were asked simple questions in a
rapid fire round and had to give answers after a gap of five seconds.
This was make us aware about the importance of a deep breath before we
start speaking and stop the habit of rushing to give answers.
and Wasim then briefed us about their experiences with speech
therapists. We further discussed the behaviour of a stammerer, MBTI
personality types etc.
plan to have a Toastmasters style session in the next SHG meet. Keep
watching this space for more details in the next couple of days.