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How Do I stop Saying "Um" in Public Speaking

By Vocal Power
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How Do I Stop Saying "um" in Public Speaking?
Vocal Power - Toronto based Public Speaking Training
Looking for a way to get rid of those "ums" and "uhs" when you're speaking for good? 
Vocal Power's Earl Sky offers presentation skills training and workshops in Toronto and the surrounding area to those looking to become better, more confident public speakers.
The workshops and training programs that Earl teaches can help develop the following presentation skills:
- developing your speaking so you learn how to speak with confidence and passion.
- develop your vocal brand
- improve your overall public speaking and presentation skills through breathing exercises and group sessions
- improve your body language and audience engagement skills
- improve your voice projection skills and quality
- develop your professional phones skills
- improve your interview skills
- deliver an awesome wedding speech
- learn to pace yourself during a speech and much much more!
Watch the video tutorial done by Earl to learn some quick tips and pointers on how to stop saying "um" in public speaking.
"Hi there and welcome to Vocal Power. I'm Earl Sky.
Today I want to talk to you about losing those crutch words. Those words that pop out of nowhere, the ums, the ahs.
You have to lose them, especially when you're answering a question. So how do you do that?
Here's a couple of tips:
1. Answering Questions
If somebody asks you a question, after you're speaking, rephrase the question to them.
Say "That's a very good question, let me answer that." 
Say: "that's a great point, let me address it." 
By following those simple tricks, you will avoid saying all those little words (ums, ahs etc)
 2. Communication to reach your audience. 
Communication is key, whether you're speaking on the phone, one on one with a person or to a group of people. 
Your message has to be concise, authoritative, clear and with passion and emotion. That's the only way you're going to get your message across and reach that audience."

Were these losing the ums and ahs tips useful?
Would you like to learn more about the resources available to you through Vocal Power?
Or sign up for one Earl's Public Speaking and presentation skills training workshops. 
Also, visit the Vocal Power website for more details.
Level 4 (XP: 1200)
4 years ago
Remember to also visit the Vocal Power website for more information about the courses available which offer more tips that will help improve your public speaking skills as a whole.
Vocal Power
5 years ago
Thank you for the positive feedback everyone, "ums and ahs" are very common, but through practice, anyone can lose them.
Level 4 (XP: 1150)
5 years ago
I do that a lot too! It's so annoying because I dont even notice when I'm doing it :(
Level 6 (XP: 2400)
5 years ago
I'm guilty of ums and ahs....i have a lot to learn still when it comes to presentation skills and public speaking, hence why i came across this website. Lots of good info btw. I feel I get stuck with ums and uhs when im trying to remember everything I need to cover. I tend to have to do multiple meetings to clients at work and I still do this, I really want to stop.
Level 7 (XP: 2750)
5 years ago
Ums and Ahs....i think most people have an issue with not doing that when it comes to presenting or public speaking. It's definitely something that can be fixed with practice and patience. Presentation skills courses are a must for something like the dreaded ums and ahs for sure!

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3 member reviews
    Thank you so much for helping me with my presentation anxiety!
    Very helpful site! Thanks Earl for helping others through public speaking workshops and information
    I always visit the Vocal Power website for public speaking tips and advice! Thanks Earl!

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