My TISA Introduction
I write my journey with TISA every six months. I will complete 2 years with TISA in another 3 months. Since I have joined TISA in July 2013 where I tried calling Pune SHG people, after trying few weeks I finally joined the first SHG meeting, in which I was not comfortable to get associated with Stammering. But I persisted joined Hangouts at 10pm hosted by Vishal Gupta and Nenad. That was a great experience as that gave me a confidence that without knowing how I speak I can try speaking and also stammer at the same time there is no fear even if I stammer. I got to know about TISA NC at Delhi, which I joined without hesitation and participated.
My First National Conference
My first day at NC was again a suspicion that where I have come, which crowd is this. I saw some people speaking better and I was still in the middle row not wanting to go on first row and not on last row as well. I wanted to talk lot how bad I suffered during my stammering journey, but got only few minutes to talk on meditation. I spoke but not a very good speech so not felt good. Then we went out to see Delhi with some senior folks in TISA. During 3rd day I talked to Dr Sachin and his speech was impressive; made a huge impact what stammerer can achieve. I talked to sir to see if we can have a workshop at Pune.
Communication Workshops at Pune in 2013-14
After coming to Pune, I dialed Sachin sir, but he did not pickup the phone, thought who am I that he will pick my phone. To my surprise sir called within an hour and had a wonderful discussion on what can be done at Pune SHG. We decided to have a workshop at Pune in Dec 2013, we thought 25 people can easily join. We got 25 registrations, but when the time came for paying the registration charges, we got may dropouts. However we were able to manage well with very less amount for 3 days(Rs. 1500 approx) as we got a hall in a corporate office provided by one ex stammerer. Since the workshop I have been very active in Pune SHG, where we had meetings every week and we had 8-15 people every week. We had 2 more workshops at Pune hosted by Pune SHG, in which we had few more PWS joined and out strength of TISA got increased.
National Conference at Pune in 2014
During Mar to May 2014, we decided to have NC at Pune, which was hosted by Pune SHG in Oct 2014. This was one of the rare opportunity to host 110 guests (PWS) around the world and get together under TISA brand. I personally had an opportunity to manage this NC from logistics, branding and all other aspects. Since Nov 2014, I did not got chance to go to SHG often. But our Pune SHG is still very active with the help from Abhinav, Pranjal, Amol, and other SHG members.
Where do I stand today on Stammering Journey
Currently I do not stammer and lost the fear of stammering. I have been very vocal about my stammering inside office / outside office. I do not feel ashamed that I am getting associated with stammering. I feel this is great achievement of TISA and what a person can achieve with TISA without spending a penny!!!
Thank you TISA and Thank you Sachin Sir!!!