Do you ever find yourself say â€˜umâ€™ when speaking to a group. Some people use the filler â€˜umâ€™ as if it was a real word. It is just as loud and just as frequent as any other important word. Getting rid of â€˜umâ€™ is impossibly difficult as focusing on the â€˜umâ€™ will provoke it to stay longer. If you focus on getting rid of it, you will still be focusing on it and giving it too much attention.
The secret is to replace the â€˜umâ€™ with a pause. It really is a pause filler that is supposed to make you sound well informed. Gaps are filled with nonsense sounds in case people think that gaps indicate uncertainty or ignorance. In fact, a pause can make you sound very reflective and learned. If you pause before answering a question, providing you look like you are mulling over the best way to answer, you will look and sound well informed.
So remember… put more pauses in your speaking instead of nonsense sounds like â€˜umâ€™ and â€˜erâ€™ and â€˜yâ€™knowâ€™ and â€˜kindaâ€™. Replace the nonsense sounds with meaningful silence. If you are relaxed, a long pause at the start of speech will have the audience on the edge of their seats with anticipation.