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How many times have you listened to someone speak and were distracted by repetitive ums, ahs and ya knows? Those are all filler words, and everyone uses them at some point. But to give an effective presentation you need to keep them to a minimum … if you allow them in at all.

It is better to fill your pauses with silence than with a filler word. Also, watch for lazy or unneeded transition words such as “now” and “so.”

The above video was excerpted from two 45-minute workshops I facilitated for a group of teens and young adults. I am available to speak to your group, both in-person and virtually, on a variety of topics. For more information, visit www.carmaspence.com/speaker.

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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.