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The One Trick To Become A Better Public Speaker

August 13, 2018

Public speaking can send chills down your spine, even for seasoned veterans.  One of the biggest fears is not getting your point across and for many it is relying too much of verbal crutches.  Those "ums," "uhs" and "you knows" are common. In fact, linguists say the average person uses five filler words per minute and overusing them can hurt your credibility in interviews or make audiences less interested in what you have to say. Fortunately, it's possible to eliminate this habit with a bit of practice, no matter how uncomfortable or nervous you may feel when speaking in public. The next time you feel "like" or "you know" start to form on your lips, take a short pause instead. The most common reason you use filler words is trying to think on the next statement, so instead of vocalizing your need to gather your thoughts, pause. If you think about the best public speakers, they pause quite often, up to 5 second in between words. Not only will it give you time to take a deep breath and get back on track, but it may also enhance your speech. For this practice to become a habit, you'll have to become cognizant of your speech patterns. Try recording yourself the next time you give a public talk and play it back to help you identify which filler words you use the most. Once you're aware of the areas that need improvement, they will be easier to fix.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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