by Kevin Rabida . January 4th, 2017
Do you have speech anxiety?
Only a small percentage of the population suffers from true glossophobia, or fear of public speaking. Even just the thought of speaking to a group of people would induce intense anxiety to glossophobics so much so that they may avoid public events altogether.
For the rest of us who are not actually afflicted with the disorder, the butterflies fluttering inside our stomachs are still a bother. We may think we’re going to pull through but it’s not a fun activity to say the least.
One of the more common effects of speech anxiety is the frequent pauses accompanied by uhmmm or uhhhh. In linguistics, they are called fillers.
For a friendly conversation, fillers are okay. But if you are speaking to a group, especially presenting a keynote to your superiors, then it becomes dangerous, even fatal, to the points you are discussing.
London Speaker Bureau, a UK-based speaker agency, created an infographic addressing just that. Here are some tips to improve your presentation skills by reducing ums or eliminating fillers.
How do you deal with filler words? Comment below!
Kevin is a reader first, a writer second, and a gamer somewhere in between. When not rooting for Tyrion Lannister for the Iron Throne, he's probably writing some morbid short story. He enjoys some surreal art, clever advertising campaigns, and a warm cup of coffee while reading Murakami.