Have you ever sat through a presentation and counted how many times the presenter uses the word “um,” “like,” or “so?” We know that using them impacts your credibility and makes you seem unsure of your content. Are you guilty of this offense? How do you eliminate filler words or pesky non-words? People become obsessed with trying to get rid of them. I’m going to tell you right now, the more you focus on them, the more you’ll say them.
Watch our presentation training video to learn three easy-to-implement techniques that you can practice to begin to eliminating filler words right away.
Presentation Training: Eliminate Filler Words and Non Words
- Really focus on your eye contact. When you look at individuals, you turn your presentation into a one-on-one conversation. When you do this, your propensity to have an “um” or an “ah” will be dramatically reduced.
- As you’re walking from one side of the room to the other, stop talking. Just take a breath. While you’re silent, walking and breathing, think about what you want to say next.
- Walk back to the screen. While you’re walking back, take a breath. Don’t talk. When you get back to the screen, turn around, make eye contact with an individual and resume speaking.
All of these are opportunities for you to take your time, take a breath, think about what you want to say, and you will be able to reduce those non-words.
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