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July 28, 2019 , , , , , , , , , ,

My most powerful conversation this week was with one of our Year 12 Prefects who has managed a stutter all his life. He is absolutely beloved, and someone I will track beyond 2019, but I know he feels it acutely.

I asked him, “Will you ever put your hand up to do a speech as part of the Prefect Forum?”

He replied, “It’s unlikely, and anyway, I like leading from behind and doing the behind-the-scenes stuff.”

Me, “I would SO MUCH love to see you do one. Not because it’s going to be easy, but because you’d have everyone backing you. And you’d absolutely kill me, I know that.”

He brushed it off, but I could see him ticking over the unexpected comment.

And then he gave me an unexpected response just as he was leaving the office:

“Ms Kwok, you know that you’ve had a massive impact on how I feel about my speaking, right? I know you’ve got the whole “English-as-a-second-language” thing going on, even though you can HARDLY TELL, but I know you get frustrated at yourself when you can’t get your words out perfectly. But you still get excited and talk the way you do, and you go ALL IN. It makes me feel like I can speak without my stutter stopping me, even though it is so frustrating.”

Kid, you do the same. Every single time you get up and speak, you remind me to do what I do MORE.

#heartflip

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