A MAN struggling with a speech impediment since the age of five will be giving a talk to inspire others.

Musharaf Asghar, 22, stopped speaking as a child because of an asthma attack.

It severely affected his speech and since learning to talk again, he has developed a stutter.

He will be coming to Brighton to give a talk at the Informing And Educating conference, run by finance company TC Taylorcocks.

It will be held at the British Airways i360 on Brighton seafront tomorrow.

Musharaf will describe how he learnt to talk again and how his speech impediment has shaped him as a person.

He said: “It was after an asthma attack aged five that I found I couldn’t speak properly.

“I couldn’t even pronounce my own name.

“I knew I had a voice but I couldn’t get it out.

“Coming from an ethnic background and being among people who were confused as to what a stammer was or how it could be controlled made it even harder.”

Musharaf is from Dewsbury in Yorkshire and said very few people understood his condition, including his own family.

But now he spends his time travelling across the UK as a motivational speaker to inspire others.

His main message to audiences all over the country is predominantly about accepting who you are and believing in yourself.

He said: “Although I felt limited with this speech impediment in the beginning, I have instead learned that adversity can be empowering.

“My stammer has made me push myself further, it has helped me grow stronger as a person and that is what I want to relay to others.”

Musharaf was the subject of a Channel 4 series called Educating Yorkshire, a programme based on the Bafta Award-winning 2011 series Educating Essex.

He said he feels particularly proud when others struggling with a similar speech disability see his story and become inspired.

Informing And Educating takes place all day between 9am and 4.30pm.

Others talks will be given by representatives of TC Taylorcocks.

Mark Cummins, TC Taylorcocks’ charities and education partner said: “This must one of the most inspiring and impressive list of speakers we have had at one of our conferences and we are thrilled that Musharaf has been able to join us.

“It provides a perfect blend of one the most moving of personal experiences

together with updates and guidance from some of the best accounting and legal experts.”