Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Ever start speaking and hear the approach of the ums? You, um, try to get your, um, point across to the people who, um, need to hear it...and keep tripping over this two-letter speed bump. And that's just what ums are: You're slowing yourself down so that you can think before you speak. Here are two quick tips to banish the ums: First, plan your remarks ahead and practice them so that you know where you're headed and don't lose your way. Second, come up with some handy fillers-with-fiber to replace the ums -- phrases that make sense in most sentences and are long enough to buy you time until you remember what you wanted to say. As you probably know, the fact of the matter is, in our work we often find that and similar phrases sound more sensible than an um, and will make you feel less embarrassed. Ask Denise Graveline about our speech and presentation training and coaching for groups or individuals at firstname.lastname@example.org.