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I’m pleased I’ve been getting good feedback on the draft of my 3-minute talk

Here’s the most recent version of the 3-minute talk that I’ll be presenting in Edmonton early in March 2012. I really enjoy the process of rehearsing and developing such a talk. I’ll be using a stopwatch to ensure I’m exactly on target in terms of the length. __________________________________________________________________________   Good evening. I began to stutter at […]


ISTAR is celebrating its 25th anniversary in March 2012

ISTAR is the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research. Einer Boberg and Deborah Kully are the founders of ISTAR, which is located in Edmonton. My visit to ISTAR 25 years ago changed the direction of my life. So many unexpected and positive things have happened in my life in the years that followed. I’m really […]


Study tracking 2.5 million students over 20 years links good teachers to lasting gain

I found this January 2012 New York Times article, about research that links good teachers to lasting gains, of interest. The article reports that a large-scale study – tracking 2.5 million students over 20 years – found that public school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized-test scores appear to have a lasting positive effect […]


Public Speaking

I enjoy making presentations. They’re an important part of my work. I’ve appeared in media interviews across Canada and received awards as a volunteer and educator. I’ve made keynote presentations to national and international audiences, and have spoken at local schools and meetings. I’ve overcome a severe stutter, which is a story that people like […]


A good presentation entertains, informs, and connects

The Fall/Winter 2011 newsletter of the Canadian Stuttering Association features an article by Jaan Pill in which he describes what he’s learned about connecting with the audience: A good presentation connects with an audience During the past twenty years of volunteer work, I have served as one of the co-founders Canadian Stuttering Association (1991), the Estonian Stuttering Association […]