Daring to Be Yourself with Parker Mantell from the National Stuttering Association’s 2014 Annual Conference (Ep. 457)

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Caryn, Roisin, Parker and Joel

Parker Mantell joins Joel Korte, Caryn Herring and Roisin McManus of the StutterTalk B Team at the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association in Washington, DC. Mr. Mantell recently gave the commencement address at Indiana University; within days a video of his speech had gone viral (see below).

During today’s episode Mr. Mantell discusses stuttering openly, advertising or telling others that he stutters and so much more. The B Team point out that Mr. Mantell has a very “calm” and “unrattled” style of stuttering. Caryn points out Mr. Mantell’s courageous accomplishment of speaking to 17,000 people during his recent commencement address. Roisin notes with pride that all four speakers on today’s episode received speech therapy at the American Institute for Stuttering in Manhattan.

“You have a choice. You can let it [stuttering] define you and be very closed about it and keep it to yourself. Or, you could take the opposite approach and attempt to define it…You could dare to be yourself.” -Parker Mantell

PARKER MANTELL recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science. Mr. Mantell has interned with US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  and has twice served New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). Mr. Mantell has also interned for Fox News Sunday and the US House Committee on Homeland Security.

This StutterTalk episode was recorded and published Friday, July 4th on the third day of the NSA’s annual conference.