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Kill Your Stutter site – update and call to action

The CSA website has featured articles about the Kill Your Stutter website, a money-making scheme that makes an offer to eliminate stuttering in 10 minutes by following instructions in an e-book. If you are not familiar with this controversy, there are articles about it here and here.

It is the position of most of the stuttering community that this product is being sold by unethical means, by making unsubstantiated claims and preying on the weaknesses and desperation of people who stutter. The product offers a "guarantee" and those who purchase are allowed to return the product within sixty days. However, in the past five months the cost of this product has risen from $67 to $97, indicating that profits are indeed being made on this item, and those who purchase are not returning the product even after their disappointment at the lack of results.

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If I start a podcast, will people listen?

 

This article first appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of CSA Voices. Photos by John G. Meadows.

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Daniele Rossi of Toronto has recently joined the CSA board of directors. For several years he’s been involved with social media as a podcaster, web designer, and artist. It was his involvement with social media that had led him to accept his stuttering.

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The insidious nature of internet marketing

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We are used to seeing some pretty ridiculous stuff on the internet, including more than a few outlandish get-rich-quick marketing schemes. It is easy to dismiss much of it as harmless, thinking, “who would fall for that?” But a closer analysis of how these marketing schemes work, and who benefits and who suffers, might stir different reactions – such as anger towards the insidious nature of unethical internet marketing. There are a few dubious offers on the internet about “cures” for stuttering. The most prevalent is the Kill Your Stutter offer, a program that guarantees to cure stuttering in ten minutes upon the purchase of an e-book.

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Looking beyond first impressions

This article first appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

So often, we pass judgments on people by our first impressions of them, often without giving it a second thought. But how often do we take the time to look beyond our first  impressions of someone? How often do we make the effort to engage with someone even after the first impression of them may not have been what we expected or desired?

Most of the time we don’t give people we meet that opportunity, and yet those few times that we do, we can risk seeing something in someone we did not know  existed. As stutterers we often put ourselves in that scenario, where we hope people will take a second glance to look beyond a less than desirable first impression, as we struggle to get the words out.

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The value of conferences for people who stutter

Daniele Rossi is a CSA Board member and a frequent contributor to the CSA website and newsletter. He recently attended the National Stuttering Association conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

My advice to stutterers everywhere: get to a stuttering conference!
They are vital. You make instant friendships with the nicest, bravest people.

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