My name is Stephen Hill, I live in Torquay, Devon. My parents, brother, and sister all speak fluently; therefore, it was somewhat of a shock for everyone when I developed a stammer at the age of four.
The stammer certainly tried its best to ruin my childhood, and there were many dark moments and periods where I wished things were different. At the age of twenty-two, I decided that enough was enough. I was more than eager to find a solution that would enable me to speak freely, and rid myself from the fear of stammering.
I started to observe people who I thought were “excellent speakers” – people such as politicians, and other people who regularly appeared on the television. I studied them closely to try and work out the difference between how they were speaking, and how I was.