Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.
Um, like, so today we’re going to talk about filler words — why you should avoid using them, and how to shed them for good.
Let’s get to it!
The Cheat Sheet:
- When you’re trying to convey a message with credibility, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Overuse of filler words like “um” and “like” are lessening the impact of that message.
- Even if we think we’ve got a handle on filler words by consciously choosing not to use them, tension and stress can make us forget.
- Like any other bad habits, the filler words we use need to be attacked with deliberate practice.
- You may not even be aware of the filler words you use. Record your side of a few phone conversations using an app like TapeACall or Call Recorder for Skype.
- Get a simple audio editor like the free Audacity; edit out all of the filler words from your conversations above.
- Do this with a twenty-minute call every week and the editing alone should drive home how much work you’re putting into generating filler words that have no place in meaningful conversation. A gap of silence is always better than meaningless filler words.
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