ANYONE STUTTER IN IB OR IN FINANCE IN GENERAL?

 

Hi everyone,

I am currently an undergrad going to a nontarget with a 3.7 GPA. After doing my research and learning about it, I decided that IB is a career I would love to have.

I do have a moderate stutter and it does flare up up a bit during interviews and a bit on the phone. However, I am able to get out what I need to say and people understand me.

Has anyone met or know someone in IB who stutters or has some sort of speech disfluency? Would really like to know how they deal with it.

Any tips or advice is deeply appreciated!
Thanks, everyone! Hi everyone,I am currently in undergrad going to a non target with a 3.7 GPA. After doing my research and learning about it, I decided that asset management is a career I would love to have.I do have a moderate stutter and it does flare up up a bit during interviews and a bit on the phone. However I am able to get out what I need to say and people understand me.Has anyone met or know someone in asset management who stutters or has some sort of speech disfluency? Would really like to know how they deal with it.Any tips or advice is deeply appreciated!
Thanks everyone!

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Oct 13, 2020 - 6:46pm

I only stutter when I'm overly excited. A shot of whiskey mellows me out. 

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
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Dec 16, 2020 - 1:04am

If you're still checking this post, I worked in banking and then moved to private credit and have a stutter. I'm sure you're familiar with how it goes but a lot of the time I can hide it by switching words mid-sentence etc but it definitely comes out from time to time and in the moment feels embarrassing. Ultimately in my experience no one comments on it and people just politely wait for you to get your thought out. The few times I've mentioned it to colleagues out of context they're always nice and say they don't notice, which I can't imagine is true.

 
Jan 30, 2021 - 8:29pm

Hey so sorry I totally missed this. In case this changes anything I wouldn't say anything over PM I wouldn't say here but happy to talk over PM if there are questions you'd rather ask privately.

 
  • Prospect in S&T - FI
Dec 16, 2020 - 2:02am

I'm an incoming intern in S&T who has a moderate stutter. I'm kinda curious to see how it plays out, I think my speech was pretty good during my interviews so they probably don't know. My biggest concern is that people will question how competent I am based off my speech.

 
  • Analyst 2 in PE - Other
Dec 16, 2020 - 3:58am

I do also have a light/moderate stutter, with more stuttering in stressful weeks / when I don't sleep enough. It was a bit rough at the begining because this fear of speaking up was combined with impostor syndrom, but feeling way better now and it's defintely manageable. I also see a speech therapist once a week, which I highly recommend. 

 
Mar 2, 2021 - 12:57am

May I ask what has helped you during interviews and network calls? I have had interviews but my stutter tends to flare up more in these situations and would love to know what has helped you

SR
 
Mar 7, 2021 - 12:18pm

everyone's stutter is different. And has different factors that help improve it or make it worse. Talking about things I'm passionate about such as the markets/finance related topics, or sports I follow generally improves for that period, then back to usual.

 
Mar 2, 2021 - 12:56am

If you don't mind me asking, Would you disclose it prior to your interviews? I've had over 4 interviews for PE and AM summer roles and don't hear back. I tend to stutter more during interviews and don't know what to do to help. Still looking for an internship this summer

SR
 
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 6, 2021 - 3:41pm

FWIW Biden used to have a stutter in school and sought speech therapy 

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 10:51am

There is an higher level Analyst in my company that has a pretty strong stutter. I think in a strong professional setting, everyone understands that it's not his choice.

This guy puts out top-notch research and analysis, so everyone listens patiently to what he has to say.

 
  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Mar 2, 2021 - 10:43am

Don't let it stop you! People will respect you more seeing how you push yourself past it in my opinion. Met a guy with Tourettes who worked as an analyst in equity research ( a lot more verbal communication than Ib involved) be like-able, show your passion for the industry and you'll be ok

 
Mar 5, 2021 - 12:46pm

Hey, I have a pretty serious stammer (contorted facial expressions, sometimes bite my tongue so hard it bleeds). I've tried most of the tricks and unfortunately they don't really work for me. I think the biggest thing to aim towards is not fluent speech (as even people who don't stammer find it difficult to speak fluently 24/7) but when you do stammer, to not feel ashamed or awkward about it. As when I don't feel embarrassed about my speech, I find that the people listening to me don't either. Sorry I can't give any actionable tips but just know that having a stammer is similar to having a heavy accent or lisp, it won't stop you unless you let it.

 
Mar 5, 2021 - 12:55pm

thank you for sharing that, I appreciate it! Do you mind if I PM you? 

SR
 
Mar 5, 2021 - 2:37pm
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