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Presentation Skills Tip:
Beating The Filler Habit - By Sonya Maybury
Presentation Skills Tip: Beating The Filler Habit By Sonya Maybury
Using 'fillers'- such as 'like', 'um', 'ah', 'er' - when speaking is a habit; possibly an unconscious one.
Even experienced presenters, skilled at reading from an autocue, may lapse into 'filler' speech when they have to conduct an impromptu interview or speak without a script. Using 'fillers' might give the speaker thinking time, but that technique can really irritate listeners.
The first step in breaking the 'filler' habit is to listen to your own speech and make a note of when you rely on 'fillers'. For example:
When you are called on to give an impromptu speech?
When you are giving a presentation?
When you are tired or pushed for time?
When you are speaking on the phone?
Breaking the pattern of using speech 'fillers' takes time and effort. It will not happen immediately, but perseverance will pay off. The objective is to become a confident, fluent speaker.
Here are some tips to help overcome using 'fillers':
- Deliberately avoid beginning a sentence with 'like' 'um', 'ah' or 'er'.
- Try to adopt the pause/think/speak pattern.
- Don't be afraid to leave a brief silence while you think of what you want to say.
- Trust yourself to convey a message without 'fillers' as props.
- Practise regularly and keep a note of your progress.
Quick Summary of Speaking Tips
Speaking is different from writing. Here is a short list of tips for delivering a successful presentation.
Prefer common words and make use of contractions - don't, can't, haven't - so you sound natural.
- Choose simple, easily understood words
Pauses allow time for listeners to appreciate what has been said. Pausing allows the speaker to 'frame' key concepts or ideas.
- Uses pauses frequently
Raising the voice pitch at the end of a sentence conveys uncertainty. Use a falling inflection at the end of a statement to convey authority.
- Avoid rising inflections and pitch patterns
The general rule is that if the information is complex or technical, the pace of delivery should be slower. A pace of 150 - 170 words per minute is recommended.
- Speak at an appropriate pace
Vocal variety is achieved by varying pitch, pace, inflection, pausing and even volume. Aim to emphasise key words or phrases. Use the voice like a highlighter pen on text. These techniques avoid a monotonous tone.
- Achieve vocal variety
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