In discussion and presentations, there are quite a few fillers, empty words, bad habits, that fill the air without adding any value. If you are doing presentations, it is a good habit to record yourself from time to time and see the results. It should be natural and convincing. Not too seriously that it is boring, not like a robot reading a text, and not too casual that it feels disorganized. Just natural.
Fillers are just a bad habits. You should tolerate, and even appreciate, silence. short silence are powerful during a presentation. Most inexperienced presenters think that they must always say something. It is not.
So back to fillers, this is a good post on Harvard Business Review. It includes so many of the common mistakes done by presenters.
I invite you to read it
As it said in the end:
by Jerry Weissman | 11:26 AM September 14, 2011
Just as a chef is attuned to the subtleties of flavor and trends in the culinary arts, a presentation coach is attuned to the subtleties of language and trends in the communication art. One trend I’ve noted recently is the expression, “Does that make sense?” often used by a speaker during a conversation — or a presenter during a presentation — to check whether the listener or audience has understood or appreciated what the speaker has just said. Unfortunately, the expression has two negative implications:
• Uncertainty on the part of the speaker about the accuracy or credibility of the content
• Doubt about the ability of the audience to comprehend or appreciate the content.
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