Having a speech disorder—whether it’s a stutter, a slur, or a lisp—can make a presentation extremely frightening.
I should know. I’ve had a lisp for my entire life.
Though I’ve gone through years of therapy to correct it, I still have difficulties with the letters S and Z. I have always been very self-conscious of it. When speaking in public, I’m afraid of how it will affect my message.
I understand that my lisp isn’t going to magically disappear. I’ve accepted that. I’ve also decided that it won’t hold me back. I didn’t want to miss out on a wonderful opportunity just because I sound a little weird on certain sounds. Because of this decision, I’ve given speeches which include the classic best man speech, award acceptance speeches, and persuasive presentations helping people to change their lives.
In this article, I’ll share five tips for gaining confidence as a speaker when you have a speech disorder.