The Truth About Filler Words [Ah’s and Um’s]

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Ah. Umm. Uhh. And-so-uh-umm-hmm-urrr. Filler words. Evil filler words.  Last week at a Toastmasters meeting we had a discussion about filler words and their role in public speaking, or more precisely, whether they should have a role or not.  In Toastmasters, there is something called an “Ah Counter.” Can you guess what they do? I don’t want to insult your … Read More

Your Ultimate Walkthrough Guide For Overcoming The Massive Fear Of Public Speaking

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Have you ever had to speak in front of a group of people? If so, do any of these sound familiar?Feeling physically sickButterflies in your stomach (like free-falling down a roller coaster slope)Feeling weakLegs wobbly as if they’re about to buckleEnormous pressure and stressTenseness in the neck and shouldersForgetfulness and difficulty concentratingLack of confidence and self-doubtSweaty pits and palmsDry mouthFear … Read More

Pain’s A Pal

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  I hated the feeling I got when I knew I was just moments away from having to stand in front of a room full of people and say…stuff. Public speaking. Scary to even think about, right? I dreaded doing it. I almost packed it in 7 months after joining Toastmasters (a sort of workshop dedicated to helping you become a … Read More

5 Ways To Ensure You Don’t Sound Like A Robot

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Attention all humans! Okay, okay, robots are welcome too. Just turn your emotion controls to ‘OFF’—or risk being offended. ​Today we talk about a subject that can save humanity. Or at least defend against a level of boredom that is entirely unnecessary. ​You’ve no doubt experienced a speaker with some or all of these special traits. Perhaps you’ve been scarred for life. … Read More

The BEST Type of Feedback You Can Give

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​When you get feedback in general, it’s usually difficult to come to grips with it.  Part of it depends on who is giving it, how it is being delivered, and one other thing that is particularly deadly: ambiguity  Criticism or feedback can do more harm than good if the person receiving it doesn’t know what specifically to do in order … Read More

You Have To Do This If You Want To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

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Do you really want to overcome the fear of public speaking? Like for real, for real? Or just kinda sorta wanna? Let me tell you a little secret: your chances of overcoming the fear of public speaking without speaking in front of a real audience is almost zero.Information alone ain’t gonna cut it. Then again, neither will “just do it” suffice. Unless … Read More

Do You Fear Public Speaking? You Should Probably Know About The Confidence Hat…

Matt KramerConfidence, Overcoming Fear, Public Speaking2 Comments

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Confidence: What exactly does that mean? It’s always been an ambiguous word to me, in line with the likes of “success” or “business orientated technical solution mechanisms.” Used so much we’ve developed a blindness to it—a worn out cliché riding on the coattails of its former self. That’s all it ever was to me. And why not? It’s not a physical, tangible … Read More