How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know”

“Pauses aren’t easy to embrace. For many speakers, even the briefest pause can feel like an interminable silence. That’s because we tend to think faster than we speak.”

Um, I’m not sure what to say about this one, you know?

Luckily, Harvard Business Review explains how to stop using filler words and replace them with more effective pauses.

To do so, it recommends you become aware of when you use filler words, practice forcing yourself to be silent, and focus on preparation for public speaking situations.

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