We all use ums and uhs as speech filler when we’re trying to find the right word or when we’re completing a thought. It’s not the worst thing you can do when speaking, but if you want to be well spoken, The Art of Manliness has put together a set of tips to minimise those obnoxious fillers. One easy way to stop it is to not put your hands in your pockets.
It might sound silly, but as the Art of Manliness points out it’s all about confidence:
Studies have found that when your arms and hands are constrained, the amount of filler you use goes up, because you’re unable to gesticulate and thus are less confident your message is getting across.
It’s a pretty simple little trick that can you sound more clear when you’re talking. Head over to The Art of Manliness for a big collection of other tips for cutting out the um’s and uh’s for your speech.
Becoming Well Spoke: How to Minimize Your Uh’s and Um’s [The Art of Manliness]