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Credible is dedicated to helping people improve their communication skills in all areas of their lives. Whether you’re looking to communicate more effectively at work, in your relationships, or in your personal life, or get better at public speaking, we’ve got you covered. We’ll share tips and advice on a wide range of communication topics.

  • Where “Like” Came From And Why Its So Hard To Get Rid Of

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    Where “Like” Came From And Why Its So Hard To Get Rid Of

    The “like” trend has its roots in the 1970s, originating in a dialect called Valleyspeak in California’s San Fernando Valley. It was characterized by excessive use of “like” as a filler word, replacing “says” with “goes,” and frequent use of “I mean.” While its usage has become more widespread across age groups, overusing “like” is… Read More

  • The Many Meanings of the Word “Like” Annoying and Useful

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    The Many Meanings of the Word “Like” Annoying and Useful

    The word “like” has a wide range of meanings, from expressing attraction to comparing two things. Originally, there were only two meanings of the word: the Old English verb “to feel attracted towards” and the Old English adjective “similar to.” However, over time, four more meanings of the word have emerged. One way the word… Read More

  • Excessive Likes Have Been With Us Since Before the Valley Girl

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    Excessive Likes Have Been With Us Since Before the Valley Girl

    In 1982, Frank Zappa, known for his unconventional music and social commentary, released a song that unexpectedly became his only Top 40 hit: “Valley Girl.” The song, featuring his then-14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, took aim at the stereotypical speech patterns and materialism associated with California’s San Fernando Valley teenagers. While the song might sound… Read More

  • Trends of Filler Word Use Among America Adults

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    Trends of Filler Word Use Among America Adults

    In a comprehensive study conducted by YouGov researchers, the prevalence and perception of filler word usage among American adults in professional environments were investigated. The findings revealed that nearly half (48%) of Americans perceive the use of filler words, such as “umm” or “like,” unnecessarily in a work setting as unprofessional. However, this perception varies… Read More

  • Credible Stop Saying Filler Words App Instructional Video

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    Credible Stop Saying Filler Words App Instructional Video

    Credible, a speech coaching app, aims to help you eliminate filler words from your communication. This app can be a valuable tool in your journey to becoming a more confident and impactful speaker. Here is an instructional video on how to use Credible as your personal speech coach. The set up is simiple. Transcript Welcome… Read More

  • Becoming Aware of Filler Word Use

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    Becoming Aware of Filler Word Use

    Effective communication is a key skill of success. One very common issue that often impedes clear and concise communication is the use of filler words. These seemingly innocuous verbal crutches, such as “um,” “uh,” “like,” “basically,” and “you know,” can diminish the impact of your message and undermine your credibility as a speaker. The first… Read More

  • Sign Up To Become A Tester

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    Sign Up To Become A Tester

    We are looking for people to test our communications coaching app Credible in TestFlight.  Credible listens to your conversations and provides real time feedback on filler word use. To sign up to be a beta tester, please fill out the following form below. Once you have submitted the form, we will review your information and… Read More

  • Reducing The Use Of Undesired Speaking Patterns

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    Reducing The Use Of Undesired Speaking Patterns

    Filler words, such as “uh,” “um,” and “ah,” are often inserted unconsciously in a speech to fill pauses. While fillers may not significantly detract from the content of the message being conveyed, they can make the speaker appear less confident or professional, reducing the speaker’s credibility with the audience. The primary cause for the frequent… Read More

  • Early User Testing Feedback

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    Early User Testing Feedback

    Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey and share your thoughts. Your input will help us make our app more user-friendly and valuable for everyone. Fill Out The Survey Once You Have Tested Credible You Can Find The Survey Here Or You Can Fill Out The Survey Below Your feedback is greatly… Read More