Today I want to share something personal. It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention but happily talks behind my back about. The thing that let me down as a child, the thing that lets me down in job interviews. It’s the elephant in the room.
And no not that guy.
It’s my speech disorder, my lisp, the thing that makes my S sounds come out differently to others.
Yes it bothers me, yes it knocks my confidence but I now feel it’s time to talk about it as I’m not the only one suffering with a speech impediment. It’s on the same level as a stammer or stutter. We get laughed like kids in the playground, yet would the same people laughing also laugh at a wheelchair user? No of course not because that’s wrong. Well so is laughing or judging someone on speech.
I was clever at school, finished with a A in performing arts followed by B and C grades for the rest of the subjects including Maths and English and have also completed Lang high level computer courses.
Yes my parents put me though months of speech therapy but for some reason it just did not work. I have no idea if this is available to adults too
Working as a dancer in my younger days was easy, of course I didn’t need to speak. But getting other jobs isn’t as easy. Who is going to employ someone in customer service if you don’t talk the same as others?
I want to share my video, so next time you see me if you know me, please think before you judge somebody.