Post from Transformation Tom- Work on Your “Um, Ya Know” Filler Words—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Work on Your “Um, Ya Know” Filler Words

As much as I might want to say I have never said “um,” “ah,” “ya
know,” and “to be honest with you,” I would be lying. Yes, “to be honest
with you” is another potentially distracting filler phrase that I have
used. We all unnecessarily fill silence and voids with non-descript
words that have little to no meaning. Even the word “awesome” has lost
its true meaning with its overuse. My recent favorite is with the habit
of many people ending their sentences with, “Right?” The painful, but
effective, solution to filler words is to become conscious of your saying
them. Whether you have some trusted listeners around you who will
count them or throw a hand up when you say them, or you become
conscious of your own usage, you will find that simply paying attention
to them and making a concerted effort to improve is all you need to
break the habit. We have a comfort level with the use of some of these
so-called words and phrases and have built a habit that has to be broken.
Just as you would do kicking any bad habit, exercise a strong will,
find a solid support system, and you will improve.


Thomas B. Dowd III’s books The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival) and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed:


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