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“I say ‘uhhm’ too much!”

That’s the declaration participants in speaking workshops most often make when you ask them what they are concerned about.

I often have to downplay the significance of fillers like “uhhm” just so I can get them to focus on more serious matters such as theme and organization.

But I do have to say that filler-free speaking is impressive.

I was reminded of this last night as I watched a speaker’s video.  He never uttered filler sounds (“uhhm,” “aahh”) or filler words (“you know”).  HIs filler-free language definitely contributed to the polished quality of his delivery.

I’m still reluctant to make filler-reduction a major priority, but I am going to renew my own efforts to be filler-free.

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