Types ( ways) of Stuttering

It is important to understand the many ways and types of stuttering and use specific StutterMind tools to mitigate (avoid any stutter).

Michael is a life-long stutter who has deep experience with the various types of stuttering, unlike most Speech Therapist who may not fully understand or have experienced what it is like to stutter (only read about it or listened to people who stutter).

Speech Anxiety

Three-fourths of the population has speech anxiety.  Speech Anxiety is the number 1 phobia affecting three-fourths of the population. This commonly occurs in any group situation such as Zoom meeting, weddings, school board meetings, social conversations, interviews, speaking in class, presentations, etc.


In the most general view, this is the most common form of speech disfluency.  Formally, the term meaning the fear of public speaking is called “glossophobia” and is commonly found with people who have social anxiety. Some common symptoms include sweating, accelerated heart rate, trembling, shaking, dizziness, nausea, freezing, forgetting, physical presentation, poor public speaking skills and mistakes.  

Some fear of public speaking statistics shows that it impairs wages and promotion to management by 10% and 15% respectively. Furthermore, only 8% of those who have fear of public speaking seek professional help despite the documented negative impact on their career and wages.

StutterMind tools and methods work for people with Speech Anxiety!

Hard Blocks

Speech disfluency as a result of blocking airflow with tongue or lips during speech.  Hard blocks typically occurs at the begin6ning of the sentence or sometime mid-sentence or word.  Hard blocks often result in facial contortions or grimaces as a result of the stutterer trying to force or push the air through the blockage.  This is a very common form of stuttering.

Silent Stutter

This speech disfluency occurs when the speaker pushes out air without engaging vocal cords.  For example, when saying the word "seven", the first sound "s" does not require the use of vocal cords.  People who stutter will often get stuck on the silent "s" sound and struggle to engage vocal cords for the remaining sounds in the word.  

Repeating works, sounds or interjections ("ah", "um")

Another common form of stuttering is sound repetition.  This can occur with a word, sound or interjection ("ah" or "um").  Stutterers often repeat these sounds multiple times and are unable to progress to the next sound or word.  Many stutterers are perfectionist and try to say the sound, word or sentence over and over until it is said correctly.  

Fast Speaking

Speaking very fast can often result in slurring sounds, tripping on words and can be difficult to understand.  Speakers who get excited often speak to fast and end up with disfluent speech.  

Situational Stuttering

Most stuttering is situational.  People who stutter are typically able to speak fluently some of the time (e.g. reading a book out loud to oneself in private).  Stuttering is not physical problem, but one that originates in the brain.  Some people who stutter only struggle when in a high-pressure situation, while others stutter in most every situation.  My (Michael) personal experience was that I would stutter about 90% of the time.  I now speak fluently!

Can't Speak

Some people who stutter are unable to even start speaking.  This would happen to me (Michael) occasionally when I knew I could not say the first word fluently and my brain just stopped my from even attempting a sound.    

It is important to understand the types of stuttering and use the appropriate StutterMind tools to avoid any stutter.  StutterMind tools and methods to avoid any stutter are covered in the Members videos.  Become a StutterMind Member and learn the tools and methods to avoid any stutter and speak fluently!  

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Andrea Chen, 48 Fear of Public Speaking Statistics You Should Know in 2020, The Official Orai Blog (