January 01, 2017

Speaking Professionally: Recognizing and Eliminating Filler Words in Your Speech

Deborah B. McGregor

Many of us use informal filler words such as “um,” “OK,” “like,” or “you know” in our everyday speech. While such informal language is common and usually acceptable if it is not peppered throughout our speech, when speaking as a professional filler words cause your speech to be far less effective. And yet it is during more formal presentations when those filler words often emerge, usually due to nerves. Though it is not easy to eliminate the habit of using filler words, with a conscious effort it can be accomplished.

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