Joanna Wagstaff | Blackpool | England
Joanna Wagstaff is quite an amazing and courageous young woman. We met for coffee as she told me all about her new found love of public speaking. Indeed, she had just delivered a public speech the same morning we met. Now public speaking takes courage. Its daunting, sometimes terrifying especially when you are just starting out, it takes courage. Lots of courage.
For Joanna, born with a stammer, more courage was needed than most. Joanna spent all of her life having her voice represented by other people. Trusted family and friends would speak on her behalf. Her stammer had far reaching impacts on her self esteem, confidence, social life and career paths. It stained every part of her life.
Three years ago Joanna set out on a courageous voyage of self discovery to take back control and responsibility of owning her own voice. With the help and support of the McGuire Program Today, Joanna owns with confidence her own powerful voice and has embarked on her next adventure public speaking and sharing her story with strangers and friends alike.
Working Out Loud
Joanna's story illustrates two points about life, beautifully.
1. Courage is born from facing fear
2. What we think are our weaknesses can be turned into our strengths