Do you Speak with Verbal Tics?


Note conversations at cafes, reunions, and even in conference rooms. Often, these are punctuated with fillers – “um,” “er,” “ah,” “you know,””sort of,” “like,” “I mean,” along with verbal hedges -“actually,” “basically,” “well,” “hopefully.” They crop up in every sentence uttered. People cling to them as they grope for the appropriate word orphrase, bid for time, and attempt to reason or explain, struggling through the process. How does one come through in the process?

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO remarks, “Fillers and hedges account for the most irritating aspect of verbal communication. One who stammers comes through as ill-prepared, nervous, and uncertain. Using these fillers undermines one’s credibility and authority, diminishing the effectiveness of his message. To rid these meaningless words from one’s vocabulary, she offers these tips:

1. Be aware of your speech habits. Have a family member or friend evaluate you. Have him clink a glass or snap his fingers each time you use these fillers.

2. Learn to substitute a filler with a pause. Being silent as you collect your thoughts is better.

3. Rehearse your material. Be ready for presentations to keep you calm and poised.

4. Slow down while speaking to afford you time to think and breathe.

5. To manage stress, view your presentation as a conversation with the audience.

6. Speak deliberately about your material that you should know by heart.

“Be a craftsman in speech that thou maybe strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.”-Maxims of Ptahhotep

TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training facility that is accredited with the Civil Service Commission helps you relax and forget your self-consciousness as you conquer speaking situations with articulation, intelligence, and confidence.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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