Robert O'Brien

Contributing to ‘Stutter Stories’.

Contributing to ‘Stutter Stories’.

I am thrilled to announce that ‘Stutter Stories’ is now available to download from the Stuttering Awareness and Mental Well-Being website. This amazing publication by Jamie Googan and Con Hurley brings together people who stutter, speech and language pathologists, educators and public speakers from all over the world to talk about stuttering.

I am honoured to be one of the contributing voices and in awe of what they have achieved.

http://www.stutteringawarenessmentalwellbeing.ie/

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Audiobook Adventure: World Stuttering Network Presentation.

Audiobook Adventure: World Stuttering Network Presentation.

Should a person who stutters should narrate their own audiobook? Earlier this year, the World Stuttering Network (WSN) allowed me to present my experience of doing just that, by turning fear into fun.

 

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Happy International Stuttering Awareness Day 2023 from the UnBlockables.

Happy International Stuttering Awareness Day 2023 from the UnBlockables.

I've been working with amazing people at Tightrope Theatre and Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. for nearly four years to bring acting improv skills to people who stutter. Helping them find their voice has been a true privilege.

We created this short video to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day 2023.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/tightropeimprotheatre_happy-international-stuttering-awareness-activity-7121921771578028032-ajWK?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

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Audiobook live on Audible and Kobo.

Audiobook live on Audible and Kobo.

The audiobook version of 'Just One More Drive: The true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car is now' is now live on Audible and Kobo for purchase and review!

It was a wonderful experience recording this version of my book and one I would recommend to any author who is thinking about narrating their own work.

Audible link:

https://www.audible.co.uk/search?keywords=Just+One+More+Drive&ref-override=a_hp_t1_header_search&k=Just+One+More+Drive&crid=TEHWXE4AZCUC&sprefix=just+one+more+drive%2Ceu-audible-uk%2C126&i=eu-audible-uk&url=search-alias%3Deu-audible-uk&ref=nb_sb_noss

Kobo link:

https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/search?query=just+one+more+drive%3A+the+true+story+of+a+stuttering+homosexual+and+his+race+car

 

 

 

 

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VoiceStory – ‘The Pitfalls of Perseverance’ speech now live

VoiceStory – ‘The Pitfalls of Perseverance’ speech now live

My speech titled ‘The Pitfalls of Perseverance’ is now live on the VoiceStory YouTube channel. A huge thank you to Winston Yeung and all of the VoiceStory team for this opportunity to speak and share my perspective.

This speech was a challenge to write because I have struggled with the idea of perseverance over the years. My father taught me the importance of working hard and persevering when things got difficult from an early age. I tried to follow his example, but struggled to fit in and find my niche as I navigated having a stutter and being gay. I chased fluency and later tried my hand at acting and writing, consistently working harder and harder waiting for ‘something’ to happen. But I never knew what that ‘something’ was. As a result, I have fallen into various pitfalls that I felt needed to be highlighted to give a balanced account of what perseverance truly is, and to allow all of us to succeed and achieve our goals.

 

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Top 100 Stuttering Influencers 2023 – World Stuttering Community

Top 100 Stuttering Influencers 2023 – World Stuttering Community

It is a huge surprise and honour to be included among the top 100 stuttering influencers of 2023. We are all in this journey together, and the more voices we have, the more awareness we can bring to all issues surrounding stuttering.

Thank you to Tom Scharstein, Tricia Hedinger and everyone involved in the World Stuttering Network.

Here is to expanding this list for 2024.

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VoiceStory Speaking Event: May 18th 2023

VoiceStory Speaking Event: May 18th 2023

This coming Thursday on May 18th at 6:30pm, I will be one of six guest speakers talking about 'Perseverance'. My speech is titled  'The Pitfalls of Perseverance' and below is the promotion write up.

"Robert’s father passed and he returned to Ireland as it fell upon him to give his eulogy, but this trip triggered introspection as he reflected on the last 20 years of his life.
His father said “Life is hard Robert!” and he was right… growing up with the bullying for having a stutter and being gay. Life was a struggle, but he didn’t give up trying to survive in this world.
But as his father’s words echoed in his mind, he wondered if all the hard work he put in was worth it?
Join us on May 18 and experience Robert’s story, as he shares his insight that action and hard work alone is not enough, and it can become a pitfall. “If you keep chasing a goal out of desperation, you wind up exhausted and cynical. We need to know when to stop, take a breath and reassess our goals."
Voicestory Live at the Evergreen Cultural Center in Coquitlam.
Get your tickets now at https://www.voicestory.ca
**All tickets sales are now considered a donation and a tax receipt will be issued to you!
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StutterFEST 2023 – Audiobook Adventure Presentation.

StutterFEST 2023 – Audiobook Adventure Presentation.

I am very excited to be taking part in the World Stuttering Network's StutterFEST 2023 event on Saturday, May 6th. This is an online 24-hour event and all times are in Eastern Standard Time. It is a great opportunity to connect, listen and interact with people who stutter from all over the world.

This year, I will be taking about embracing our fear of stuttering when reading out loud and seeing how it can actually be fun. As a self-described 'unsuccessful covert stutterer', I could hide my stutter to varying degrees of success, but reading out loud in class or in a public setting put the fear of God into me. I can still remember the panic and shame I felt in those situations when the words just would not come out of my mouth fluently.

As an author, I had been slow to take on recording an audiobook recording of my memoir; Just One More Drive: The true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car. The process took twenty hours and over that time, I learnt a lot about myself and my feelings around my stutter. I was able to move from fear and begin to embrace fun. It is that process that I will be talking about from 11:40-12pm EST (8:40 - 9:00am PST) May 6th 2023. 

For more information about StutterFEST and how to register, you can check out their website at: http://www.worldstutteringnetwork.net/stutterfest-program-of-events

 

 

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The Road to the Audiobook: Part 3 – It’s a Wrap!

The Road to the Audiobook: Part 3 – It’s a Wrap!

After 20 hours and 4 studio sessions, the audiobook of Just One More Drive: The true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car is in the can.

In this final video, I summarize each session and share my takeaways from this experience.

Should someone who has a stutter record their own audiobook? For me, the answer is definitely yes!

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