Ways To Improve Your Speech

Some speaking habits can unintentionally damage your credibility. These habits may be so common that you are unaware of them, even if others are distracted by them.

Vocal disfluencies are just filler words. Fillers words such as um or uh are words, sounds, or phrases people use to “fill in” empty spaces. In speech, they usually indicate the speaker is thinking about what to say next. The overuse off filler words often reflects poorly on your communication skills. But because they come out unconsciously, they can be hard to, um, stop saying.

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Fillers Are Everywhere

Filler Words Are The Most Common Issue

Below is a list of the most common speaking issues that every deals with and you are likely to enb in your own speech. These words and sounds can be easily fixed with self-awareness and self-monitoring.

Effective communication is essential for success in both personal and professional life. By practicing active listening, being clear and concise, being respectful, being open to feedback, and being patient, you can improve your communication skills and build stronger relationships with others. Effective communication takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.

Tips & Tricks

Recommendations For Reducing The Use Of Fillers

Be aware of when you are using filler words. The first step to reducing filler words is to become aware of when you are using them. Once you are aware of your filler words, you can start to make a conscious effort to reduce their use.Take a pause instead of using a filler word. When you feel the need to use a filler word, take a short pause instead. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and to speak more clearly.

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Use other words or phrases to fill the silence. Instead of using filler words, you can use other words or phrases to fill the silence. For example, you could say “let me think about that for a moment” or “I’ll come back to that.”


Practice speaking in front of a mirror or with a friend. This will help you to become more aware of your filler words and to practice speaking more fluently.


Record yourself speaking and listen back for filler words. This can be a helpful way to identify your filler words and to make a conscious effort to reduce their use.


Get feedback from others on your use of filler words. Ask friends, family, or colleagues to listen to you speak and to give you feedback on your use of filler words.

  1. Filler Words -Like, So, Um, Ah
  2. Qualifying Language – I think, I feel, I believe
  3. Hedging Language – Kind of, Sort of,
  4. Speed: Too fast, or too slow, usually too fast
  5. Rambling – Speaking off topic or repeating yourself
  6. Casual language – yeah instead of yes
  7. Interrupting others – also it is annoying
  8. Swear words – only work in the right setting to emphasize a point
  9. Mispronunciations – causes others to stop and think
  10. Vocal fry – a grumbling sound that is unnatural
  11. Uptalk – upward inflection at the end of a sentence sounds like a question so it lacks conviction
  12. Mumbling – Words are unclear
  13. Grammatical errors – also causes the listener confusion
  14. Nervous Laughter – used in uncomfortable situations and displays lack of confidence
  15. Non inclusive language – can offend some listeners
  16. Accents – can make it difficult for native speakers to understand
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If you are concerned that you may have any of these speaking habits, the best way to improve is to become more aware of your own speech patterns.

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