Articles Stuttering is Cool

Published on July 30th, 2014


Book Review

Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World, by Daniele Rossi

By Marni Kinder, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

In Daniele Rossi’s empowering and humorous book, the author shares how he transformed from a person who was embarrassed and shy about his stuttering to the person he is today: someone who is open and confident about stuttering.

Through a variety of comical images and cartoons, Daniele discusses the ways in which he moved well out of his comfort zone to ultimately embrace his stuttering. He offers personal advice on mastering the telephone, public speaking, dating, networking, telling jokes and attending job interviews.

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Daniele also provides tips from his “stuttering toolbox” on desensitization, speech tools and working in the advertising industry. He shares helpful “secret weapons,” such as thinking positively, reading body language and making eye contact.

This book inspires people who stutter to take “baby steps” and to know that “acceptance is not the same as giving up.” A person who stutters can be proactive in life by learning to manage stuttering, maintain a positive mindset and perform small acts of courage one day at a time.

Stuttering is Cool

Stuttering is Cool is an excellent read for both teens and adults who wish to work on accepting stuttering, stuttering openly, increasing confidence and developing a positive attitude towards speaking. The common theme running throughout the book is the message that stuttering does not need to define or limit you in life, unless you let it. As Daniele says, “when you face the ‘animal,’ the animal can back down.”

About the author:
Marni Kinder, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Marni has been providing treatment in the area of stuttering since graduating from the University of Toronto in 2006. At the Speech and Stuttering Institute, she runs intensive and weekly treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults who stutter. In addition to her clinical practice, Marni enjoys serving as a clinical educator in fluency and providing fluency training workshops for practicing clinicians.

About Daniele Rossi:
Daniele Rossi is a writer, cartoonist and digital media specialist based out of Toronto. Visit his website at or follow him on Twitter.

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