Author: Paul Berger

Telephone calls are very hard for people with aphasia and other speech problems from stroke, like me. One way to succeed is to plan ahead-before you pick up the phone, know what you want to say.

One of the courses offered by the aphasia center I attend (the Stroke Comeback Center) helps you relearn how to make a phone call and leave a message.

We memorize some simple scripts. I have mine by the phone so I can refer to it when I start a call. This gives me confidence to call my friends and
business colleagues.

For networking meetings, I use an index card with a brief script describing my small business and goals.

A copy of the telephone script will be posted to my website at: .

Other insights and tips for coping with life and taking control of your recovery after stroke are available on my website at and in my books, “How to Conquer the World With One Hand…And an Attitude,” and “You Can Do It! 105 Thoughts, Feelings & Solutions to Inspire You.”