There are various workplace situations that can be challenging for people who stutter. Situations such as delivering presentations, communicating with co-workers and facilitating project meetings can become more difficult when you stutter. We are here to help you become a better employee and to deliver your best when on the job.
The NSA has developed a free webinar series to address relevant issues people who stutter face in the workplace. These 1-hour webinars are informative, interactive and lead by people who stutter.
2021 Webinar Schedule
Wednesday, April 28 – 8:30 pm (eastern)
Public Speaking at Work for People who Stutter
Public speaking is one of the most common fears people experience. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, public speaking anxiety affects about 73% of the population. People who stutter especially have a high level of fear and anxiety when it comes to public speaking. That fear can present major challenges to reaching professional goals.
This webinar will examine ways to confront and overcome the challenges that come with public speaking to reach our professional goals and attain the careers we are working towards.
Learn as Derek Mitchell, Frank Stechel and a panel of professionals who stutter discuss how public speaking impacts our careers and hear their personal stories facing the fear of public speaking to reach their goals.
Wednesday, May 26 – 8:30 pm (eastern)
Stuttering as an Advantage in the Workplace
What do we gain from the stuttering experience? Can stuttering be an advantage in the workplace? Often, communication at work is superficial, with people just going through the routine of “Hi, how are you?” rather than really speaking to, or with, someone. The irregular rhythms of our speech allow for open and honest communication, which is invaluable in the workplace. Stuttering makes us interesting and memorable to our speaking partners. This is something we gain by stuttering.
Join Catherine Moroney and Pamela Mertz as we discuss a topic that many may not have considered to be an advantage in the workplace. This webinar will be interactive for attendees to share their experiences.
Resilience at Work for People Who Stutter
March 23, 2021
All of us have experienced being knocked down in our career. It could be a failed entrepreneurial idea or not doing as well as you wanted to do on a big presentation at work. Having resilience matters for people who stutter because resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness. People who stutter often display great resilience in many situations at work. This webinar explores resilience in the workplace and shares incredibly valuable perspective from webinar attendees. The chat transcript also shares smart perspective. (Read the webinar chat transcript.)
Unpacking Career Success Barriers: Job Searching, Resumes & Job Applications (PART 2)
November 13, 2020
In this unique webinar, Jonathan Lazenby, a member of the NSA’s WeStutter@Work project teams, talks with two hiring managers about how they perceived his stuttering during job interviews. Jonathan asked them about their first impressions when he started stuttering. The hiring managers also shared their thoughts on if Jonathan’s stutter came across as a lack of confidence, competence, and nervousness. This insightful webinar will help you to learn how best to disclose your stuttering in job interviews and how to handle difficult questions stemming from your resume. (Read the webinar chat transcript.)
Unpacking Career Success Barriers: Job Searching, Resumes & Job Applications (PART 1)
October 27, 2020
People who stutter face the same career success barriers as people who don’t stutter. However, we also have experiences that are unique to us. In this webinar we discuss the barriers to job searching, resume development and job applications as well as how to overcome those barriers as a person who stutters. You’ll learn practical ways to utilize your skills, abilities and capabilities in job searching, resume writing, and how use them when you get the job! (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Dropping the “C” in Covert Stuttering at Work
September 22, 2020
Recent studies in the United States reveal that fully 61% of employees hide something about themselves in the workplace. This concealment is often due to fear of judgement, shame and/or a desire to conform and “fit in” at work. People who stutter often try to be as covert as possible at work, so they are not exposed and labeled as less intelligent, anxious or emotionally unsound, all of which we know are myths about stuttering. Stuttering covertly denies opportunity to bring one’s full self to work, which is needed for relationship building, creativity, teamwork and innovation. This webinar discussed the benefits of dropping covert behaviors at work and offer some suggestions to transition from covert to overt stuttering. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Job Searching During COVID
August 25, 2020
Searching for a job during the COVID pandemic affects all people in all industries. This webinar discussed a variety of topics ranging from ideas on updating your resume to using effectively using social media in the job search process to participating in free mock job interviews from the NSA to helpful advice on video job interviews. NSA Special Projects Co-Chairs Pam Mertz and Carl Coffey led this invaluable and highly interactive discussion. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA: A Stuttering Perspective
July 26, 2020
Many people who stutter have found protections through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but many are not aware of available workplace protections. The ADA was enacted 30 years ago to protect Americans with disabilities from educational and employment discrimination. The goal of the ADA is to ensure that persons with disabilities are afforded the same rights and opportunities as non-disabled individuals. This webinar celebrates the past 30 years of ADA accomplishments and shares helpful advice for how people who stutter are protected and how to access their rights in workplace situations. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Creating Allies in the Workplace
May 19, 2020
Being the only person who stutters in a workplace can feel isolating. We may try to cover it up and feel at risk of exposing ourselves if found out. What if you intentionally disclose stuttering at work and cultivate allies? In this webinar, you’ll learn strategies to build allies at work and with external colleagues. You’ll also learn the benefits that come from being authentic and building strong relationships at work. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
When You’re the Interviewer
April 28, 2020
Job interviews are stressful for many people, especially people who stutter. As we advance in our careers, to supervisory or management roles, we may be sitting on the other side of the table, being the interviewer rather than the interviewee. That can be daunting. In this webinar, you’ll gain advice on how best manage stuttering from the other side of the table while also finding the best candidate for your organization. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
You Got the Job! Now What?
March 31, 2020
Navigating the job interview process as a person who stutters is challenging. But just as challenging can be navigating your way after you’ve received the job. In this webinar, you’ll learn advice on how to handle first-day introductions with your new co-workers. You’ll also gain advice on how to network internally, participate in small talk and make the most out of after-work social events.
Including Stuttering in Diversity & Inclusion
November 12, 2019
Many companies around the world tout the importance of Diversity & Inclusion in their strategic plans. However, is having employees stuttering openly more than their corporate culture bargained for? Are companies prepared for people who stutter to “spread their peacock plume” at work? Drawing from themes expressed in the popular book on workplace diversity called, “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins,” this webinar discusses the gains that can be made in the workplace as a result of people feeling free enough to “bring their whole self” to work.
Stuttering and Employment Law
October 22, 2019
Companies and employees who are misinformed about stuttering may (consciously or unconsciously) treat people who stutter differently than “fluent” employees. Employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, protect people who stutter from bias, retaliation, and discrimination. This webinar discusses basic employment rights of people who stutter, how to access/ensure those rights and guidance on workplace accommodations. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Stuttering and Mindfulness at Work
September 24, 2019
Mindfulness. Everyone seems to be talking about it these days. But what is it? And, more importantly, how can it help people who stutter in the workplace? Mindfulness can absolutely help people who stutter handle stressful speaking situations more successfully in the workplace. This webinar provides tangible insights about mindfulness and down-to-earth practices designed specifically for people who stutter, with an eye toward work challenges and stressors. Watch the webinar and read the transcript of the chat room conversation.
Self-Advocacy at Work
August 27, 2019
Many false assumptions and negative stereotypes about stuttering persist in the workplace. Employers may equate stuttering with anxiety or reticence, and poor interpersonal skills. Left unchecked, such biases can hinder meaningful employment and career advancement. This webinar offers strategies for the person who stutters to feel empowered to challenge and correct harmful workplace assumptions. (Read the chat room transcript from the webinar.)
Overcoming Self-Stigma to Achieve Career Goals
April 23, 2019
Do you feel stuttering holds you back from reaching your full career potential? Do you find yourself not taking initiative in your job? Do you lack confidence in your abilities to succeed in the workplace? As a person who stutters, you are not alone. In this webinar, you’ll learn practical ways to overcome these negative feelings and gain greater self-confidence to help fulfill your career aspirations.
Workplace Accommodations for People who Stutter
March 19, 2019
Employees who stutter have workplace rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the basic rights is requesting reasonable accommodations to enable an employee to do his or her job despite having a disability, which includes stuttering. This can be a difficult path to navigate.
In this webinar, Teresa Goddard, from the Job Accommodation Network, explains the rights of employees who stutter, the process of requesting reasonable accommodations at work, examples of accommodations you can request and resources to contact with future questions.
Job Interview Skills
February 26, 2019
Job interviews can be one of the single most stressful speaking situations for people who stutter. In today’s fast paced world, interviews are often held over the phone or via video chat, which creates time pressures that add to expected nervousness.
In this webinar, we discussed strategies for building confidence, knowing and selling your strengths, and illustrating your ability to perform the job. We will also offered tips on when, where, and how to disclose stuttering.
Disclosure: When, How and Why
October 23, 2018
Many of us who stutter are used to hiding our stuttering at work. But for a lot of us, there comes a time when all that hiding starts having negative effects on our performance, our work relationships, and our potential for career advancement. Opening up about our stuttering feels so scary, but hiding it isn’t working, either. This webinar presentation explores disclosing stuttering in the workplace, including job interviews, during the workday, when meeting new colleagues, and more.
May 22, 2018
Presentations come in all shapes and sizes, from giving a project status report to facilitating a team meeting to presenting a PowerPoint deck at a board meeting. Whatever the situation, all eyes are on you. Which can feel intimidating! Learn how to become more at ease and confident when giving any type of presentation at work.
Successful Phone Calls
March 27, 2018
If speech challenges cause you to dread phone calls at work, feel frustrated during them, or feel dissatisfied after you hang up, watch this webinar. You’ll learn practical advice on improving your approach to and experience with using the telephone in the workplace.
Participating in Meetings Successfully
January 30, 2018
Does stuttering prevent you from participating in work meetings how you’d like? This webinar will assist you in creating tangible strategies for how to share your voice during work meetings.