Learn how to reduce your use of crutch words or filler words like "um," "er," "well," and "so." Public speaking coach Laura Bergells provides you with awareness techniques that can help you reduce your use of crutch or filler words.
- Crutch words, some call them filler words.…So, like, okay, well, um, er, uh,…they're distracting, am I right?…Well, yes and no, crutch words or filler words…can be annoying for your audience,…but only if you overuse them.…Rather than focusing completely…on eliminating your verbal tics from your speech,…I'd like you to reflect on whether you might instead…need to change your relationship with filler words.…
A few ums and ahs, they aren't…going to ruin your presentation.…Almost everyone uses some kind of verbal filler every day.…They're present in every language on the face of the Earth.…It's even likely your particular verbal filler…will go entirely unnoticed.…It's only when you persistently overuse a filler word…or a sound that they can become annoying.…Do you think you might have a problem with filler words?…To find out, start with a simple awareness exercise.…
As you go about your day, listen for common verbal fillers…like um, ah, er, like, and so.…Listen for them as you speak,…but also listen for them in other people.…
- Describe the components of a great presentation.
- Identify your audience.
- Explain the main objective in a persuasive presentation.
- List basic vocal warm-up tips.
- Manage pre-performance anxiety.
- Identify effective ways to introduce your agenda.
- Describe common opening mistakes.
- Demonstrate effective body language.
- Identify indicators of helpful feedback.