With all the other speaker faux pas’s out there, it never ceases to amaze me how fixated people are on um’s, ahhh’s and ya know’s as the only issues they need to worry about. My view is that unless these “fillers” are used to a distracting degree, they’re pretty normal and typically go unnoticed if everything else is intact. However, if you feel you have a problem, and you or someone else has noticed that you have a bit of a filler dependency, then you can fix it … and to that end, here’s a quote for you to keep in mind:

“Awareness in itself is curative.” Fritz Perls

And don’t forget that with awareness come the twin P’s … preparation and practice!

Beth Levine