We had a nice meeting. We were four people, including a newcomer. We had our introductions and shared stories about our summer activities. We talked about the NSA conference and some of the workshops.
One of us was considering using a Speecheasy device and another person shared his experience with it. It worked for about 20 months for him, but then it stopped working because he was already too used to it and stopped being effective.
This lead into talking about other external factors that influence our speech such as alcohol, caffeine For most of us, alcohol makes us more fluent and caffeine makes it worse. Some people that use anti anxiety medication find that it helps their fluency, but that should not be the reason to take those kind of drugs.