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Communications Science

Filler Words – Detractors of Effective Communication

Early public speakers often exhibit a poor habit of utilizing filler words (umm, ahh, etc.) while speaking. Nearly every student of mine at the Institute of Public Speaking and elsewhere uses these ineffective filler words. An anxious state of mind and a lack of practice keeps us from speaking or communicating effectively. A perfect example …

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Power of Smile – Your Public Speaking Secret Weapon

So often beginning public speakers are exceedingly serious in their approach to public speaking – smiling isn’t part of their delivery. They may fear public speaking, be anxious speaking, or simply not learned one of the many techniques to loosen up before speaking. Author of “Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act” Ron Gutman …

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