The Stutter Steps: Proven Pathways to Speaking Confidently and Living Courageously (Hardcover)
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If you’re a stutterer, this is the book that could change your life.
For those who stutter and their families, this is a motivating and informative guide of proven strategies and therapies, featuring real-life success stories and examples from many high-profile individuals and celebrities, as well as people of all ages.
About the Author
Sander Flaum is a featured speaker at numerous marketing conferences and leadership events, and conducts workshops to stimulate disruptive innovation. His seminars are credited by clients with helping them exceed expectations, improve sales productivity, and foster leadership values.
Sander serves on the boards of The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, the James Cancer Center, and Fisher College of Business, where he also serves as executive-in-residence. He is also the sponsor of the Flaum Speech Fluency Program and serves as a board member of American Friends of Tel Aviv University.
Sander also writes a monthly column on the pharmaceutical industry for Medical, Marketing & Media (MM&M) and does a weekly radio show on Public Service Radio called The Leader’s Edge.
As chairman and CEO of Euro RSCG Becker (now Havas Life), he led a worldwide team of marketing strategists in introducing six blockbuster $2-billion-dollar healthcare brands. In 2003, Medical Advertising News named Sander its Man of the Year and Becker its Agency of the Year. Following Becker, Sander went on to launch Flaum Navigators in 2004, where he encourages and coaches his clients to embrace disruptive innovation in marketing, sales, and leadership. In 2018, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by PM360 magazine.
Sander received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, followed by an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
"Sander's book is not only instructional, it is inspirational. In telling his own story and that of so many other stutterers, while coupling it with an array of advice, this book combines what is so desperately needed—sound counsel and emotional support."
— Michael Sheehan, President, Sheehan Associates
"A book that provides an important window into this mysterious challenge. Stuttering is deeply personal for Sander, and he symbolizes the courage to speak freely and live fearlessly."
— Aaron Graff, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
"Sander Flaum's friendship and support over the years has been an inspiration to me as a fellow stutterer. In this book he communicates the anguish of this genetic condition as he offers a better understanding of stuttering to those who don't, and potential treatment solutions to those who do."
— Michael Conforti, Director Emeritus, Clark Art Institute; Adjunct Professor, Williams College
"Good advice! Wish I'd had the guts to 'go ahead and stutter.' Hiding my stutter hurt me more than my stuttering ever did."
— John Stossel, TV Anchor
"Sander Flaum's most recent book is a special gift to the over 70 million people in the world who are challenged by stuttering. His thoughtful and engaging way of dealing with the subject will give encouragement not only to those of us with speech disorders but also to those interested in moving beyond the many myths associated with this misunderstood affliction."
— Susan Reichardt, Ph.D.
"By embracing the importance of accepting yourself for who you are, Sander offers the reader the encouragement and inspiration needed to speak freely and live fearlessly. He dives deeply into the latest therapeutic approaches to stuttering treatment and provides real life examples of how successful individuals learned to use their stuttering as a source of strength. The Stutter Steps is an excellent resource for those looking to gain confidence and communicate more effectively."
— Nolan Russo Jr., Vice President, Business Development, Capital Printing
"Sander is a mentor and model for me. What he has achieved in his professional and personal life is remarkable, and his tireless efforts on behalf of the American Institute for Stuttering inspired me to follow in his footsteps as the newest Chair. The Institute and the stuttering community are meaningfully better off because of Sander, and we will always be grateful."
— Eric Dinallo, Esq., Chair of Insurance Regulatory Practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
"The Stutter Steps should be must-reading for everyone afflicted with this speech disorder and their loved ones—especially for its messages that you're not alone, and that highly effective therapy is available."
— Alan Tonelson, Founder, RealityChek, a public policy blog
"A compassionate and highly readable overview of therapeutic approaches to stuttering."
— Kirkus Reviews