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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Over and Over - What Do You Say?

I was listening to a speaker and noticed that she kept saying “ya know.” I then heard the person next to me whisper to his friend and he said, “ya know, ya know, ya know.” Pointing out to his friend that the speaker kept saying that over and over. At this point, there were at least three people not focusing on the speaker or what the speaker was saying. All we were thinking about was ‘ya know.” Having some kind of word or phrase that we repeat over and over during our presentation is very common. Discover what yours is, become aware of it, and work on stopping it. How? Practice using the pause instead or just skipping over that word or phrase. Your audience will be more attentive to what you are saying (your message) rather than what you are saying over and over.

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