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Monday, 16 April 2012 14:10

After Huffman returned from Vietnam, Huffman’s greatest fear was public speaking.  He was worried about his broken English from living in the projects being exposed; he was worried about his cognitive problems being exposed when he spoke.  His broken English dialog was not fluid.  He would hesitate, mix up or forget words.  He would forget names or forget what he was saying.  He had expressive aphasia.  His vocabulary was limited.  When Huffman decided to go to college and become an attorney, he had to overcome his greatest fear: speaking.  For instance, one time when he was speaking in behalf of a charitable organization he sat down in the middle of the speech and said thank you; he forgot what he was going to say next.  In order to overcome Huffman’s speech problem, he taped every lecture in college; he learned the vocabulary of his professors.  He did not back off from speaking although he was afraid of being exposed. When Huffman became an attorney, he still didn’t overcome the fear completely.  He got up in front of judges and did what he had to do anyways.  There’s times he was not given kind reviews by judges that were impatient with his hesitations; his inability to get words out quickly.  Huffman did what he had to do anyways until the fear was gone.  In college he would participate in speeches when needed. Over the years, he became involved in charitable organizations and political fundraising events where he would make public speeches and did well.  He learned to accept himself as his is.  He faced his speaking problem; he turned it around in his favor.  He learned how to limit misstatements and use his hesitation to his benefit by considering it an asset.  By litigating civil cases, it was more difficult getting his speech pattern into rules of evidence but he continued to work on it.  Now Huffman stays in his comfort zone.  Administrative law allows him to speak freely without exactly following the rules of evidence.   To this day, Huffman’s not sure if the words will come out correctly when he speaks.  He speaks publically anyways.  His knowledge of the subject matter and his ability to be creative has allowed him to overcome his biggest fear.