Here’s a suggestion from Lifehacker for eliminating ums and ahs I’ve never seen or heard before
We all use um’s and uh’s as speech filler when we’re trying to find the right word or when we’re completing a thought. It’s not the worst thing you can do when speaking, but if you want really be well spoken, The Art of Manliness has put together a set of tips to minimize those obnoxious fillers. One easy way to stop it is to not put your hands in your pockets.
It might sound silly, but as the Art of Manliness points out it’s all about confidence:
Studies have found that when your arms and hands are constrained, the amount of filler you use goes up, because you’re unable to gesticulate and thus are less confident your message is getting across.
It’s a pretty simple little trick that can make you sound more clear when you’re talking. Head over to The Art of Manliness for a big collection of other tips for cutting out the um’s and uh’s for your speech.
The Art of Manliness has a list of suggestions that can keep us all busy for a while. It’s worth pointing out that an Ah Counter at another club I worked with added a Tweets per Second statistic to his reports. Hmm…