May 31, 2016

Announcement: 6th TISA National Conference - 2016: Registrations Open

TISA 6th National Conference from 16-18th Sept 2016 (Fri-Sun) Varca Le Palms Beach Resort, South Goa

Date : 16,17 and 18 September | Venue : Varca Le Palms Beach Resort, South Goa | Days left : 80 | Registration are open now | Accommodation Confirmed List New(below)  | Scholarship New( Condition Apply) | NC Galleries | Important Contacts |

May 1, 2016

Dehradun- Meet The Cool Canadians..

If you are in Dehradun, I invite you to an interaction with some MacMaster Students (from Canada) at Samagra on 6th and 7th May (10 am to 12 noon). It will be more like a free social interaction.. But of course you are welcome to discuss themes around, education, communication, cross-cultural insights (may be "dating" too?) etc. etc. Here is Samagra location (link). Please let Mohit (Dehradun TISA coordinator) know in advance.
(Sumit, hope you are listening?)

TISA Hyderabad Chapter Meeting report on 1st May 2016

Hello all
    Its a cloudy day and climate was somewhat cool. More than 10 people had attended the meeting which was held at Jalagam Vengal Rao park,Punjagutta,Hyderabad.
                 Unfortunately I was little late for the meeting. I reached at 10 am    to the park,as I joined some introduction activity was going on. And also I saw three more new faces in the meeting, Ashwin(Doing his 2nd year),Chennarao(Working for a pharmacy company),Sumit(Working in Army) along with them Dillip,Asif,Sandeep,Nithesh,Narendra,Chinni naik,Shivareddy and myself were there in the meeting.

           During the introduction round along with their introduction people shared their views regarding stammering and their improvement after joining TISA. After introduction round Chennarao who's elder most of all of us who were in the meeting, has shared his experiences through out his life till now,he also added how challenginly he took his stammering and went for BED exams and became a lecturer !.It was very inspiring and valuable information.It was followed by a brief introduction about TISA by me for the sake of new members it was around 11:40 when its done. We observed that temperature getting high gradually, So we decided to end up the meeting soon so that we could reach our homes a bit early. So we went with JAM round, where every  one have to speak on a for a minute by using any techniques like bouncing,prolongation,tabing after speaking oneword,slow speaking.New people struggled a bit for doing so,rest of them done well in that round.After completing the jam activity we had a group pic and wished each other...



Together We Step Up :) Together We Succeed :)
Contact below members for further details.
Rajesh 96 76 82 0007    email id: rajesh.jaca"at"gmail"dot"com
Ramesh/ Sivaji 8897744248 email id:
Ramu   8143344240       email id: hyd.rams93"at"gmail"dot"com
Santosh Krishna 9849396919
Eshwar   81257 42055

Delhi SHG Meeting Report 01st May 2016

  1. Delhi SHG Meeting Report 01st May 2016.

Lets start with things which we should not miss while writing about some event. It is very hot sunny days in Delhi right now but with unforgettable efforts of Vishal Gupta(Delhi Shg Co-ordinator) and sponsorship of Innov8 Coworking, we manage to have a small room in roof of Connaught Place. We(SHG Members) are heartedly thanks to both.

So, meeting was scheduled at 11 am and host is Vikas Ranga(a very peaceful and energetic guy) in Delhi SHG. Almost every member came of time and meeting started on time.

As AC was not working so we waited for 15mins under Sunshine and everyone was shocked about what next. Hopefully, it started and we sat on floor.

Activities, we started with casual introduction round in which everyone explained about their Job and hobbies. Everyone is curious to know some more about one-another.

Next activity. we did is meditation and everyone explained about its effect in their thoughts. Meditation is important thing to do as it provides calmness to mind and concerntration increases with It.

Most of our time was spent about speaking about one another in between a activity was suggested by Amit Dixshit in which everyone talked about their role-model

April 30, 2016

Communication Workshop Report by Delhi SHG

If you missed Delhi SHG Communication Workshop, Don't Worry, You can get almost 60% of the workshop just by reading this report. You would have never read a meeting report like this one :) 

April 27, 2016

Acceptance: a shock absorber

             It has been about three years since I accepted acceptance as a technique to manage my stammering mindset. Yesterday I had been to a motorcycle dealer to buy spare parts. I stammered on almost every word with two different people while saying names of items.

            I got my work done even while stammering. Feelings like shock, shame and helplessness after stammering moments last for lesser duration now. While a few years ago, similar experience would have left me feeling low for hours/days together, just a  few minutes after yesterday’s stammering experience, I found myself talking calmly to people.

                We know that we feel a lot of jerks while riding bike on bad roads. But if the shock absorber is good , we feel the jerks less .So, just as a shock absorber nullifies the jerks while riding on a bad road, acceptance has helped me to manage well my after-feelings of stammering moments.

                                         Sun couldn't stop us ...and neither will stutter

SHG meeting on last Sunday 24th April was like watching your favorite movie for 10th time. Familiar waves of  emotions and nostalgia. In spite of knowing everything
  you realize that there were many things you have completely missed time and again. That there is always more to it than meets the eye and that the human struggle and effort knows no boundaries for survival and excellence.

This one was conducted under able leadership (read supervision) of Shobit . Structured and coordinated it was but a meeting is not complete without surprises.

Prepared Speeches

We began by prepared speeches. First to go was Amarnath( It was his second speech in SHG). He beautifully explained 10 Tips for Stutters in calm and cool manner.
Next was Shiva , he spoke about caution one should exercise in forwarding unsolicited emails. He subtly drove home his point, to which we all unanimously agreed.

Third speech was of Shobit. He brought up the reading as a hobby so well that we all felt that we should really think seriously about it. He was successful in luring us in 
the speech using story telling approach and bringing alive the topic by adding so many examples.

April 26, 2016

WOW : Delhi SHG 1st Indoor Summer Meeting at INNOV8 coworking.

We are very lucky and thanks to Ankush Grover, COO of INNOV8 COWORKING" to give us a fantastic place at CP, New Delhi.

As per the google its the world's 6th most expensive place and Yes its for our Sunday meetup. 

So the meeting will take place at 11 am sharp at their venue "Innov8 Coworking" besides of Regel Cinema, Connaught Place, New Delhi. 

Host of this Sunday is Vikas Ranga "the Tiger" reach him at this no 9527119003

 TISA Hyderabad chapter: meeting Report : 24th Aprl 2016 

This week,the presence of two senior most TISA members helped us to learn more about stammering. Both of them contributed to the meeting with their wide experience & depth of knowledge . Ok,let me reveal their names.They are non other than our Rajesh and Shivaji .

The session this time focused more on the often ignored simple but must to do things by anyone who want to overcome the stammering.

Rajesh came out with a set of things ,which are really helpful to us.They are :

A. Maintain a book on stammering : John Harrison , a famous personality could overcome his stammering because he noted down all his thoughts ,emotions in book when he faced stammering . So, Rajesh told us to maintain a book where we share both our positive and negative incidents about stammering .

B. No limit thinking : We shouldn't have limitations on our thought process.By unnecessarily thinking too much about the stammering ,we will stammer for sure,when we talk. Hence ,believe yourself to the core that you are the best person, in fact a master piece ...!!!

April 24, 2016

Delhi SHG Meet up 24th April, 2016

--> Venue: Jantar Mantar, Connaught Place, Near Rajiv Chowk Metro Station Gate No. 6
--> Timing: 10AM - 1PM

--> Host: Ravi Jagga (9868331465)
--> Co-host: Gaurav Sharma (9717452658)

# Introduction
# Meditation
# Ground Rules Setup
# Techniques sharing (for new comers)
# Ah Um Game (Extempore)
# Toll free number call practise then feedback
# Role play
# BUM Game
# Experience Sharing
# Stranger talk
# Planning for next SHG

Ground Rules:-
# 1 person speaking at a time
# Don't complete other's words
# Use techniques

April 22, 2016

TISA Hyderabad Chapter meeting on 24th April 2016

Hello Friends, You are welcome to THE INDIAN STAMMERING ASSOCIATION Self Help Group meetings.These meetings will make you know what stammering is about and how we can control our speech patterns in day to day life.Here We Stammer at Ease.It is proved that if we stammer with easiness then stammering can be dissolved from speech.We use many techniques which could help us in clearing blocks in speech.

April 21, 2016

Report of Delhi SHG Meeting on 17 April, 2016

This report is written by Md. Nazish

Delhi SHG Meeting on 17th April, 2016

Host: Suraj
Co - Host: Ashish Agarwal

April 20, 2016

TISA hyderabad chapter meet up details:
17th Aprl 2016

Meeting report by Eshwar
Ramu,Surya,Vamsi,Shiva Reddy,Sandeep,Chinni & myself have attended the meeting at Jalgam Vengal Rao park.

We started our meeting with meditation & introduction.

After this we have done the following activities :

1. Anxiety Control round : In this round, a person has to tell a word & the person next to him should repeat this word and add a new word .This goes on.
Aim of this activity was to increase our concentration,memory & control anxiety bcoz,we try to recollect by thinking calmly.
Vamsi &  Surya played this round superbly.

2. Talking with strangers : Under this activity,Ramu demonstrated how to initiate a conversation with a stranger by taking a deep breath & talking with a smiling face atleast for a minute.Everyone of us have done this later.

Bangalore SHG meeting report 17 Apr 2016

Cheers everyone,

                 As you know we are having our meeting in a very disciplined manner now-a-days. This was our 6th meeting in this way. It started with prepared speech round. First sppech was an introduction speech by Ruben. I was late in this meeting so I missed most of his speech. After that more speeches were delivered by various speakers. Ammanath gave his first speech along with Dinesh. Dinesh gave his first speech in hindi. Soma and Shiva gave their second speech. Jounali gave her 4th speech. She is currently the leading speaker with 4 speeches.
                After first activity, it was time for impromptu speeches. We were 14 people with a very less time so we decided to divide our meeting in two sub groups. One group remained at the same place and another went to a differnt place. Our impromptu coordinator was absent so we were to decide topics at the spot. Jounali took the leadership and conducted that activity very well. After this, we were left with some time, so we decided to add one more activity where one has to say a good thing about oneself. Till now it was 1 and time to disperse the meeting. We clicked our pic and went on our way.

For joining Bangalore SHG, Contact me on: 9990449976(Shobhit)(no watsapp).

April 19, 2016

The story part 3 - with Ravinder

16th April 2016

I met Ravinder bhai at Gandhi park around 11 am. Ravinder (from Dehradun shg ) has been practicing the techniques since quite a few months and has managed to use them publicly . So I had a lot of things to learn from him. We spent some time at the Gandhi park and after that he took me to his beautiful home where i met his father. I introduced myself using the techniques and then he asked me some questions and I answered them . He had made us this delicious lunch so we decided to talk after having the lunch . We talked about a lot of things like work , cricket , engineering , the places from where we belong , politics , etc. He also believed that with practicing , stammering can be managed .
     After this Ravinder told me about the things he does as a practice for speech. He uses the prolongation technique . He told me the different ways to use it . He even told me about the other things he does for practice like finding a word from dictionary and writing it down in a book and using techniques on them so you practice a word and you even get to know its meaning. He told me this one particular thing that however busy you are , never forget to practice even when  its for just fifteen minutes. Because it keeps you in routine . He also recorded my speech and helped me to understand my stutter so that i can figure out how to use techniques on them . After this he then dropped me at the bus stand . I would really like to thank Ravinder for his time and knowledge. It was all very useful 

April 18, 2016

Patna Bihar SHG Meeting Report - 16th April 2016

This Sunday meeting was held at the Budha Smriti park. We were only two peoples- Me and Krishna. As all were busy in their work. So Krishna said let’s continue with both of us. We met right at 4pm and started our meeting with an experience of weekends and general life talks.

April 16, 2016

TISA Hyderabad Chapter meeting on 17th April 2016

Hello Friends, You are welcome to THE INDIAN STAMMERING ASSOCIATION Self Help Group meetings.These meetings will make you know what stammering is about and how we can control our speech patterns in day to day life.Here We Stammer at Ease.It is proved that if we stammer with easiness then stammering can be dissolved from speech.We use many techniques which could help us in clearing blocks in speech.

Delhi SHG meeting invitation - 17th April

Delhi SHG Meet 17th April 

Venue : Janter Manter
Timing : 10.30 am to 1:30 pm 

Hosts :Ashish & Suraj

Agenda for the meeting

This would be an intense practice session where all the participant would need to follow speech rules.

1. Speak Loud and clear 
2. Maintain eye contact while talking
3. Keep your rate of speech slow and deliberate 

We would do some practices to tease our deepest fears and see if they really bite us?

We are not going to tell everything here---Do come and enjoy this experience!!!

See you tomorrow

Ashish and Suraj
9911817950/ 9654506719

April 15, 2016

A thought for introspection.

Today while going through some old stories of Sachin, I found this one to be useful for young PWS like me.

Today I discovered that many of us (me included) have a tendency to play a trick on ourselves and others: we start offering help to other PWS, in attempt to project an image: "I am a recovered stutterer. See, I am recovered. You too can - just follow my advice." We think that acceptance, if good enough, should become redundant in 6 month flat. We accept- but even there, we bargain, like good Indians! Okay, my stammer, if I accept you whole heartedly, will you leave me alone in six months? seven months? Okay, you tell me your time frame? Is this Acceptance? We are in a hurry to move on- but the unfinished business is bad business.
This chain of thoughts started because a PWS 'therapist' phoned me today and shared his innermost feelings and fears. I agree that a senior PWS has much to offer to a younger PWS, especially in a self help framework- but he must constantly check the quality of his own acceptance, his own attitude towards dis-fluency, his own grit in the face of a block, however minor.

April 13, 2016

Delhi SHG Meeting Report - 10th April 2016

Host: Amit dixshit
Co-host: Gaurav nd Jagriti

Timing: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Venue:Jantar Mantar

Meeting was started at 11:30 Am.We were 18 people,Vikas,Nazish , Abhishek,Anurag,Gaurav,Akash,Rahul,Anshul,Manish,Abhimanyu,Arunesh,Sunoy,sandeep,Praveen,Madhav,Amit,Gaurav and Jagriti.

April 12, 2016

Online counseling..

I received a very relevant question from a young pws. After removing the names etc. I am sharing the answer here, because it may be of some use to many others:

Dear sir, 
I want to ask you something. The story goes like this. I always wanted someone to stay with me. So as far as I remember I have also been behind making gf. I always had heart beaks. I was in relationship with a girl for last 14 months. Recently we broke up Cz she did something which hurt me and in anger I said something very personal to her. Like every other girl in the end she made fun of my stammering and my current salary status. We broke up last month. Since then.. I am stammering a lot. I am practicing speech practice as suggested by xyz. I used to be very good. But since last few weeks I am unable to speak like I used to. I am stammering a lot.  Dont know why I always need someone to be with me. And i get angry a lot and in anger if someone provokes me then i say something which I later regret.. I am full of guilt. I am an under achiever as far as my current job is carrying concerned. I have just realised that I have ruined my all technical knowledge by running after gf. Is there any way out sir to stop wanting someone to be with me always and to control my anger.. I don't have any best friend. Just normal friends. Thats why I am writing to you sir. 
Yours Sincerely, 

Dear Friend
Congratulations for having the courage to share your private thoughts with me- a stranger! 
Congrats again, for having deep insights into your own inner world, into your thoughts and "failings". 
At the very outset, let me say that wanting human company (= gf/bf etc.) is perfectly normal. THIS is our human nature. Nothing wrong. Let us accept it in the same way as we accept our stammering. 

There are couple of other things which we need to accept and acknowledge: We all have some or other "weaknesses" or "blind spots" or "blemishes". Let us also accept that when we are very angry (real MAD), we may throw up these issues in the face of the other person (You stammer; you are fat; etc.) 
- AND regret later on. ..

This too is human. She talked about your stammering unkindly at the end. And what did you say to her in your anger? Something equally bad or worse? How fair was that?
If someone makes fun of your stammering, it can not hurt, if you have accepted it in an upfront manner. If a relationship is based on "denial" ("I will never talk about your stammering and you will never remind me about "dieting"), then, it is quite possible that in an unguarded moment, both parties may break that understanding and hurt each other. That is what seems to have happened here. Forgive and move on. 

I am really happy that you are doing speech practice. I will be happier if you did it with the goal of becoming a good communicator - NOT to stop stammering. Once in a while everyone stammers. It is OK. The goal is to pick yourself up and carry on saying what you want to say- so that meaning is understood by others. 

At this point, I can totally understand that you are feeling low and "worthless". But, please dont judge yourself and your achievements at this point, in this manner. Give your self time. Ask your friends. They can tell you that you do have some inner worth and quite a few milestones behind you - I am sure. 

Regarding managing your anger, there are plenty of free resources on web. Read and PRACTICE them. Regular Meditation is supposed to be a big help. Check that out. Sometime anger can also be, a sign of unresolved issue or inner tensions like constant denial of stammering. In such cases, just accepting that sometime you will stammer and you are OK with it- might help you to become a calmer person. 

Lastly, I am sure you did not really mean it as a generalization, when you wrote: Like every other girl in the end..
The next girl you meet may not do the same thing. People are different. You too can be different from what you have been so far. The choice is always with you. Give others and yourself a chance.. by trusting them and yourself. 

Of course, you should not rush into next relationship out of desperation or "on the rebound". Give yourself time. Wait. Be social. Spend time on other projects in life, too. Get in touch with old friends, old hobbies. Go for a little holiday in nature. Join a MOOC.
And keep in touch.

Best wishes and prayers!
(You have many many many friends in TISA!)

Pune SHG Report 10 April 2016

SHG meeting started at 10:45. Meeting was attended by Anshu, Amol,Ravi Shankar, Lalit, Pravin and Thirtha .

    Thirhta and Pravin were newcomers. So Amol and other briefed them about TISA and different techniques.

The story continues - with sachin sir and Mohit Dwivedi

Date 12th April 2016

Today was very different in a challenging way. Me and Vivek met Sachin sir at 9 30 am. The thing about stammering is that it gets worse with strangers and at that very moment it really bothers what that person is thinking when we stammerers get stuck at a block .So to confront this situation Sachin sir took us to a mall . He told us to make a list of questions about what the general public know about stammering like it was some some kind of research . So we started interviewing different people about what they think about stammering using all the techniques. In conclusion we found that people had a fair idea about stammering and they took it in a positive way . A major percentage of people thought that stammering has something to do with lack of confidence and once they are confident enough stammerers can overcome it.Some people also thought that if a person has a severe stutter he should not work in a speaking department. This means that communication plays an important role while your dealing with public. So the main focus should be on communication. We should be able to manage our stutter in way that the other person is getting what we are trying to say. It's okay if you get stuck because its all about what you communicate instead of how fluent you communicate. Here we got a different perspective about what people really think about stammerers plus we also developed a confidence while talking to strangers. Personally I was always very afraid of talking to strangers but after this I can confidently say that now I am not. Overall the experience was like a roller coaster , felt very bumpy and terrifying in the beginning but satisfied at the end because I finally took the ride that I was dreading for years.I survived this ride only because sachin sir were sitting beside guiding me through all the ups and downs of the ride but in future I'll have to learn to enjoy this ride on my own fearlessly.

After this I and Vivek met Mohit Dwivedi at the songtsen library. We reached this place by switching a couple of local buses which was quite fun . we used the bouncing technique all the way in the bus. Meeting Mohit bhai was very fun and enriching. Got to learn a lot of things from him. He told us how important meditation is . If you really want to know your stutter then the only way to do it is by meditation. After couple of months of regular meditation you can sense that at which word you are going to stutter so at that time you can use the techniques efficiently. Also we learned that there are going to be times when people will make fun of us because of stuttering and it's possible that we'll stop practicing our techniques and return to the shell of depression and anxiety that we had spent our childhoods in. But we'll have to remember to get out of that shell and start practicing again and never return to that shell ever again. Also Mohit bhai showed us this beautiful Tsongsen library which is entirely managed by monks. We also visited a  beautiful monastery nearby. Enjoyed alot. And finally we returned by the same way as we came.