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Punctuation Codes Help Control Your Ums and Ahs

Posted by telecommatt on November 12, 2007

Public Speaking: Get Rid of the Um’s and Ah’s With Punctuation Codes

Productivity blog Lifehack.org has come up with an intriguing way to get rid of those awkward um’s and ah’s we are all susceptible to when speaking in public

Don’t forget that public speaking isn’t just making speeches. Any time you’re conducting a meeting, talking to a client over the phone, introducing yourself to someone, etc., you’re committing an act of public speaking. We all forget that it’s okay to not say anything for a moment or so. As the article above points out, there is a time lag between when a listener hears your words and when the meaning actually registers in their brain. Umming and ahhing and blurring your sentences together does more then just sound awkward. You may actually be interrupting the process of turning those sounds you just uttered into meaningful information.

3 Responses to “Punctuation Codes Help Control Your Ums and Ahs”

  1. Here is a tip for removing Um’s err’s and ahs that you wont find anywhere else.

    Practive speaking to a group for 1 minute without using any words either starting or ending with the letter “N”. This will help you organise the words you are going to say and this will help you reduce the filler words!

    Cheers

    Darren Fleming
    Australia’s Public Speaking Coach
    http://www.executivespeaking.com.au

  2. Darren,

    Err, I tried this– it’s hard! Thanks for the tip!

    Cheers,

    Matt

  3. No Probs.

    Glad to see that you tried it.

    Cheers

    Darren Fleming
    Australia’s Public Speaking coach
    http://www.executivespeaking.com.au

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