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How to Stop Saying Um in Presentations


Your speech is one of the ways that you make an immediate impression on others. This means that you want to make sure that you have good habits. Saying “um” all the time when you talk is not ideal. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Organize Your Thoughts
The biggest reason that you repeat this phrase over and over again is because your ideas and thoughts are all jumbled. This means that you need to plan out what you want to say before you open your mouth to speak. This means that you need to start by organizing what you want to stay and break it down into smaller parts. If you take a large amount of information and break it into small blocks of words, you will be able to remember your ideas and you can actually have time to process what you want to say.

2) Be Calm
The biggest reason why people rely on the default phrase of “um” when they are speaking in public is due to nerves. You need to remind your self to stay calm and always remember that other people can’t tell when you are nervous. Most people are afraid of public speaking, but you need to realize that the audience can’t read your mind and odes not know that you are freaking out on the inside. This means that most people won’t even be aware of your nerves at all.

3) What About Your Hands?
When you are speaking in public, you also need to know what to do with your hands. This means that putting your hands in your pockets is never a good idea and will not make a good impression on your audience. When you put your hands in your pockets, you are much more likely to use filler phrases like “um.” This means that if you want to use filler phrases less often, you need to keep your hands out of your pockets.

4) Short And Sweet
You will also be able to avoid using filler phrases if you stick to saying sentences that are short. You also need to be careful to pause in between sentences and not rush. When you pause, you allow your words to have more of an impact on the audience, which is the intended effect. Keeping your sentences short and sweet will allow you to get to the point and make more of an impact with the words that you do choose to use.

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