“How do I get rid of the “um’s” and “uh’s” in my speeches?
Question: “I’ve been told that I say the words “um” and “uh” throughout my presentation. Most of the time I don’t even notice that I say them. How do I get rid of this habit?” – Josh, Montreal QC
Answer: I’ve got good news for you – the very fact that you’re aware that you’re using these “filler words” will get you that much closer to stopping it. Here are a few things to try to eliminate – or at the very least, reduce – these words from your speaking vocabulary:
1. Practice! When you are using the “um” “ah” “like” or any other filler word, it’s typically because you are thinking “on the spot”. A well-rehearsed speech, knowing your material well, and practicing out loud will help you avoid having to do your thinking during delivery.