The struggle to complete a conversation without using filler words is a task. We don’t even realize when we are doing it. Reflecting back on many conversations, the content is minimal while the filler words are consistent. It is important to everyone to sound or appear as if they are knowledgeable about a topic. It is equally important to represent well in situations like interviews, or work presentations. We just have to admit we use filler words to break the cycle.
Be aware that you use filler words. If you make yourself aware that you are using filler words you will be cognizant of the habit. Being aware makes it easier to break the cycle of using filler words. It is better to have a sentence filled with valuable information and words to influence the other party or parties.
Empower yourself and know that we are all teachers of the English language. When you are communicating with anyone, the words you say can teach language structure and vocabulary. Using filler words can water down the effects of the lesson you are teaching.
When you feel the urge to use filler words, slow down and visualize your full intended thought. It is also important to be knowledgeable about the topic. You can do this by doing your homework and understanding the topic.
Finally, people who read often tend to use less filler words. A daily passage a day, or a book a week can develop language skills and eliminate filler words from your conversations. Break the cycle now and change the way you communicate.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor