National Stuttering Association

Sharon EmerySenior Consultant

    Sharon Emery

    Mason, MI
    Senior Consultant
    Truscott Rossman

    Briefly describe your daily job duties.
    Having worked over 30 years in communications — as a journalist, university instructor and public relations professional — I have added a new career: book author, including extensive speaking engagements.

    As a person who stutters, share the most challenging part of your job.
    The book is my memoir, “It’s Hard Being You, A Primer on Being Happy Anyway,” so of course it details my battle to be a communicator who struggles to speak. Sharing that experience out loud was a challenging step I thought I’d never take. But I did … and people are receptive!

    What are your long-term career aspirations?
    Mentoring others who struggle to speak, and educating the fluent public about how they can overcome being “disabled listeners”.

    Did you self-disclose your stuttering during the job hiring process?
    I self-disclose in that I have a severe stutter, so listeners always know upfront that I am one unique speaker… I try to help them get over it.

    What is your proudest moment at your current company?
    I love helping Truscott Rossman clients “make every word count”.

    Describe how stuttering makes you a better, more valued contributor at work.
    When you’re a person who stutters, you don’t want to waste a single breath on unnecessary words. Here’s to clear, direct, impactful communication!

    What’s your best advice for people who stutter just entering the workplace and for those in a career striving to achieve greater success?
    Recognize your stutter as a key part of who you are. Own it, and then be brave enough to let yourself fill up an entire room.