Words to avoid when public speaking; these will make your audience cringe.

ByRick Deutsch

Words to avoid when public speaking; these will make your audience cringe.

Public Speaking is a hard job. Not everyone can do it. Next to death itself it’s the most feared activity! You will have trouble get your information across when you use irritating words and phrases. Some sudiences will actually count the number of times you use them in a talk.

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Speakers rehearse to get hackneyed phrases out

“Uh” –  This is the #1 breather that the brain uses to get the next thought organized.  Yes, I hear Congressmen do it a lot.  Listen to Nancy Pelosi.

“You know” – No, we don’t know. Tell us and stop saying this.

“Well” – Also a place holder.

“So” – So What? Avoid this. Many begin sentences with “so”….

“Like” – the Millennial contribution to the language. Like is a good word when used properly .… as in “I like you” or “a bicycle is like a motorcycle.” But when every 10th word is “like” it gives older people pause. Like get rid of it! You will like be much happier and like you will do better in your evaluations and the audience will be like happy.

“I mean” – Of course you mean it. Don’t tell me in advance that you really mean what you are going to say.

“You see” – yes, I have eyes. Don’t say this unless you want me to look at something.

“OK” – yes, it’s fine. Continue on.

“He goes” – This one is not much so a public speaking use; but it can creep in…but it still bugs me as in: “I told my wife we should go out to dinner. She’s like: no, I cooked chicken.”

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