When we find ourselves rattled while speaking whether we’re nervous, distracted, or at a loss for what comes next it’s easy to lean on filler words. But when we start to overuse them, they become crutches that diminish our credibility and distract from our message.
The good news is that you can turn this weakness into a strength by replacing fillers with pauses. Great public speakers often pause for two to three seconds or even longer.
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