13 STEPS TO AVOID USING FILLERS IN SPEECH Presented by Amirtha Devarajan
IDENTIFY HOW OFTEN YOU USE FILLER WORDS Try this experiment: Record your speech on a particular topic. Identify words which have been repeated. Identify your fillers Send it to at least 3 people Reflect on their feedback.
SLow DOWN Instead of using words like "Um" "Like" "ah" "anddd.." "soo" slow down your speech to fill the gap that way you become more fluent while filling the gaps. 93 99 66 99 6
DoN'T BE AFRAID OF SILENCE Silences are not as awkward as you deem it to be 1. Silence > Fillers s. This works best when you're starting a new sentence as opposed to lost in the middle of one Try pausing after every sentence you say to get yourself used to the silence and realize it's not so bad
MAKE EYE CONTACT If you make eye contact with yo conversation partner as you speak, you're far less likely to use filler words. It instills confidence in you that someone is listening to you keenly and hence, you have to speak in context. Also, It will make you a better speaker.
REHEARSE FOR PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS Using filler words in a social setting might annoy some people, but it's generally no big deal. Using filler words at work is a different story - they make you seem unprofessional, insecure and unprepared. Practice your presentation in a performative way at least 5 times so that the syntax is intact in your head and hence, leaving minimum space for fillers
PRACTICE CHUNKING o This technique involves speaking in a short burst or chunk of words, taking a break, and then saying another chunk o Chunking forces you to slow down your speech and helps you develop a rhythm so you're less likely to get lost and need a filler word Example: The second task is much harder, work to eliminate the extraneous fillers in your speech Continue working with a partner and playing the Tell-Me-Game throughout the week. Get your speech monitor or monitors involved to help catch the fillers you use.
FocUS ON YOUR CONVERSATION Filler words are sometimes used when your brain knows what you want to say but hasn't sent that signal to your mouth yet. When your brain is focused on things other than talking, that signal is sent that much more slowly. Hence, one must aim at eliminating distraction.
GESTICULATE o Studies have shown that when you can't move your hands as you speak, you feel less confident about your message and use more filler words o Use your body and make it an active participant of your presentation.
TALK LOUDLY When you project confidence, you're far less likely to use filler words. That's why you should project your voice too. When you're speaking loudly and energetically, using a filler word won't feel right so you won't do it. The more loud you are, the better you articulate
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