Seminar and Oral OHH no!!!

Seminar and viva, whenever a pws heard these words .The fear
starts griping them. I also fear these words.  
Last week and the current week i was flooded with orals, seminar etc. I
had given all seminars and orals.
Earlier it was a message that every student must prepare
seminar on any technology related topic for about 20-25 minutes later it was
reduced to 10-15 minutes. One more thing I thought that seminar has to be given
in front of whole class and teachers but the irony was that it has to be given
only in front of the allotted teachers only who are going to judge seminar.
It’s like happiness with tears I was ready to stammer in front of the whole
class. I don’t have any problem in college now a days as my classmates and
teachers know about it.
Let’s come to the seminar again
The teacher who has judged my seminar knows about stammering
.I stammered severely but I don’t feel any agony or guilt. The main thing was
he was not making eye contacts with me. I felt that he is showing little bit of
sympathy. Later I told my mind that it’s ok it’s not my problem. It’s his
problem if he is not making eye contact.
Now it’s Oral time
I have given 2 orals with external teachers who have come
from other colleges. Teachers were taking oral of 2 students at a time. They
were not aware of my stammering. My anxieties were at saturation point. As soon
the teacher starts asking question I was blocking severely on each word.
The teacher asked me do you have any problem. I told i have
a problem of stammering. She again asked do you always speak like that. I told
yes after a very long pause. In the pause the student sitting beside me my
fellow classmate told that he always speak like that .Its natural .After
hearing this I got some sigh of relief.   I had answered question with stammering on
each word.
After this I noticed that I am not feeling any kind of
regret for stammering its ok I stammer. All credit goes to coorg NGT. All
inspiring and motivating people were present at NGT. Some of them have unique
stories and some of them have identical stories. I learned many things from NGT
Being a stammerer you can get job in MNC,Being a stammerer you can become
Entreprenuer,Being a stammerer you can do anything. In simple words everybody
was awesome.
Now the scenario in my college is that all my classmates and
teachers are aware of stammering and Tisa. What they don’t know is How to deal
pws. I have noticed that teachers try to lose contact when I stammered. Some of
the teachers are supportive also they told me we are not bothered about your
speech. We don’t have any issue with your Speech. Although I stammered severely
but the agony and the negative attitude towards stammering has diminished.
I also want to Thanks to TISA who has supported many people
financially for attending NGT. I am one of them. All credit goes to Mr. Dinesh
and TISA. I also thank all the contributors who helped in raising the funds.

Post Author: Harish Usgaonker

2 thoughts on “Seminar and Oral OHH no!!!


    (October 20, 2012 - 4:12 am)

    Thanks Amol for this sharing. It is a tribute to you, Dinesh and the NGT. More than 90% of stammering is our psychological reactions to stammering episodes. Once we are free of that baggage, we naturally feel lighter and speak better. You may put it on a notice board or circulate using some creative manner to people in your college:
    Stammering protocol (for non-pws listeners): Maintain eye contact; slow yourself down; focus on content and ask questions after a few seconds..etc.

    Ravi Prajapati

    (October 20, 2012 - 12:25 pm)

    Good experience Alok Keep it up….

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