London...bye for now
I am now in Ireland in the City of Dublin. Saturday while still in London we had a great improvement day for all the stuttery people on the McGuire program. It included a self-evaluation and focus session, some story telling, phone call challenges etc. One of my phone call challenges was to call a hotel and ask for the price of a room. But during the conversation I had to use 3 x 5sec pause in my speech. The goal of this is to resist time pressure and not let other people force us into speaking, very good exercise. We also played a live "The weakest link" game. With lights, music, tension and the whole shebang. After that we did some public speaking on speakers corner in Hyde park. We ended the night having dinner is a pizza restaurant. It always amazes me how loud stutterers can be once they start talking :).
I didn't do as many contacts these last few days, but I did do some high quality ones. I have a wave of social events that I was invited to (for me, more that one is a wave :) ). The was dinner/socializing with friends of my friends in London. I'm a bit frustrated because my speech was not as all as stable as it could have been during those events. And I'm researching deep in my mind to find out why. But besides the little vibrating lip now and again, I did not really have any negative internal feedback, which is great for me! I did enjoy that! Thank you Nicky, Rene and Thomas for making me feel so welcome and not so totally alone in London. No golden pound or exotic experience can compare to good friendship.
I will explore Dublin for the next three day and then head off for a
three day tour to "The Ring of Kerry". Quite excited about that.