Last week I wrote about the top 3 pervasive and annoying speech habits according to Dr. Alice Silbergleit, the Director of the Speech-Language Sciences at the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan.
You responded! You agreed with Dr. Silbergleit and you added your own list of grating speech habits.
More bad speech behaviors to avoid
1️⃣ Dr. Steve Spivack: “What about ‘you know what I mean’ and ‘Hum’”?
➜ Note: Both of these are filler clutter.
“You know what I mean” at the end of a thought makes the speaker appear less confident. You are asking for approval for what you just said. Total waste of words.
🎤 Tip: Stop! Don’t ask this type of question.
“Hum” is in the category of verbal clutter. Its cousins are “um”, “you know”, and “uh”.
🎤 Tip: Pause instead of adding clutter.
2️⃣ Barbara Franklin: “Reminds me of kids saying ‘like’ – every second word.”
➜ Note: The ‘like’ epidemic applies to all of us, not just kids.
“Like, when you hear someone, like, say ‘like’, you might want to scream. But, like, listen to yourself and, like, monitor your own use of this word.”
🎤 Tip: Ask a close friend to be your “’like’ accomplice”. Have that person keep a “’like’ tab”. Become aware of how often you use this word and then be a self-monitor.
3️⃣ Harry Hall, a fellow communication consultant, on correcting Upspeak (ending all sentences as if they’re questions): “Playback a recording of them doing it. That fixes it pretty quickly.” Harry added, “Upspeak totally undermines credibility.” Agreed!
Steve, Barbara and Harry – Thanks for sharing.
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