The most popular three words used to fill empty air. Most of us are uncomfortable with the thought of having nothing to say while we think of the next word or sentence so we pollute the ears of our audiences with Um’s, Ah’s, and maybe a few you knows. The result is a completely unprofessional presentation, which displays a lack of authority on the subject being discussed. Who can remember the former NSW labor premier Morris Iemma in one of his early speeches to the NSW parliament – his ums and ahs were so bad it made front page news (it must have been a slow news day).
Whilst I wouldn’t expect your uhm’s and ahs to make the front page; we can learn the leson of Morris Iemma. People are watching when they speak and they form an opinion based upon what they see and what they hear. If you are polluting the air with uhm’s and ah’s they will get the impression that you aren’t confident or knowledgable about the topic you are talking to them about.
How many ums, ahs and you knows do you fill the air with?