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:


One way to kick the habit is to capture the narrative of your next presentation with the voice record function on your smart phone, then play it back post mortem and listen to your own speaking pattern. (You’re in for a surprise in more ways than one.) You will have to repeat this process several times before you start correcting yourself, but do it you must.


Never Ask ‘Does That Make Sense?’

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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