John Daicopoulos Posted 12 months ago Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking Thank you Megan. It was wonderful to listen to your talk. I too stutter, though many around me don't know it. Over many years I've changed the way I talk to cover it up - like changing words mid sentence as you do. My kryptonite are words and sentences starting with D...like my last name, ugh! I teach, and have done so my entire career, so my broken talk has become my persona, but it's a big ruse to cover my stutter. Phone conversations, interjecting in a conversation in a timely manner, and yes people's names you so clearly articulated, are all major issues. Thank you for standing up to tell the world. I had worked on community radio for many years and never stuttered, my "choice of voice" was different from normal, from me. But it was one I was happy with and it's one I use in normal conversations with in small groups. I've never had any counselling, I just covered myself as needed. Thank you for your courage to speak with your own voice in front of many.