Eliminate “Um” and “Uh”

Ah, filler words.  Those nervous utterances that escape our mouths when we are scared or uncertain about what to say next.  In a speech, they can diminish the credibility of the speaker if used frequently.  This video will give you strategies for avoiding these filler words, and other nervous behaviors, during a presentation.


· What are filler words and how can I get rid of them?

· Why do I stutter or mumble when I’m nervous?

· How can I avoid using “ums” and “uhs” during my speech?

· What strategies are effective for avoiding filler words?

· What options are available when I draw a blank during a presentation?


So you’ve gotten the preparation in, you’ve done some training, and now you’re ready to deliver. These videos will help you know what to do during the speech.

“Um, I’m here to talk to you, uh, today because it’s, um, really…”

Ums, Uhs, filler words. They can kill a presentation, make your audience lose complete interest, and make you look, well, not so credible. So let’s talk about eliminating those filler words from your presentation.

Most of the time the reason people use filler words such as um, uh, ah, eh, so, or any other variation is because when they’re on stage giving a presentation they feel like, as a speaker, they need to never stop talking. That is not the case. I’m here to tell you today that a strategic pause can go a long way towards not only eradication the use of those filler words, but to increasing your credibility as a speaker.

Imagine this. You need a second to gather your thoughts. You’re afraid to be silent so you start to use filler words. “Uh, um…” Don’t do that. Instead, use a strategic pause. Not just using a pause, but while you’re pausing look out into the eyes of your audience.

See how much more powerful that is than using a filler word?


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