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Jeff: I was taught to not to let my stammer hold me back

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Jeff Hammill was made redundant when the investment company he was working for got hit by the credit crunch. "I knew I would have to start going to interviews, but having a stammer, I found this prospect very stressful".

"I decided to take a speech therapy course at City Lit.  I was very nervous - I had never had group therapy before.  The tutor told me to be open about my speech difficulties - a challenge for someone who had been (unsuccessfully) trying to conceal their stammer for so long! Once I got the hang of not trying to hide it, the less i focussed on it, the less I stammered.

"Following the course I got an interview at a large investment bank.  I found myself announcing to the interviewer that I had a stammer, and I even requested extra time to answer questions.  The response was very positive, and being upfront about my stammer created taking points. I was subsequently offered a job."