Are you scared of public speaking or dread job interviews? Are your sentences interspersed with words like um and uh..? Do you want to get over the habit of filling in your sentences with such “useless” and “unwanted” words and make your spoken English better and tighter? Then here are some success tips for you to follow and implement.
Hear yourself speak
The first step towards eliminating filler words from your vocabulary and make your spoken English better is to know when and how you use filler words. An important step towards that would be to hear yourself speak. So, use the voice recording app on your phone and record a phone conversation or a face to face conversation or even a presentation. Once you hear yourself on recording and realise how many filler words you use, which ones you use and how you use them, then you will find it easier to do away with them.
If you pay enough attention you will realise that you use filler words more often when you are not prepared for what you want to say. When you are at a loss for words to speak it is easier to slip in to the temptation of filler words. So, plan what you are going to say. Of course, you can’t plan for every eventuality but speaking slowly and taking appropriate pauses in between can help a lot.
And, whatever you do, don’t be afraid of the silences in between for they will only enrich your conversation and definitely help you get over the filler words.
Look people in the eye
To make your spoken English better and leave a better impression on people, you should always maintain a good eye contact. Whether you sit for a job interview or giving a presentation, looking the audience in the eye is a must as that will allow you to have a better hold on the conversation, keep their attention focused and reduce the usage of filler words.
And of course, it is much more awkward to use filler words when you are looking someone in the eye. So, practice dropping the habit of using filler words and be more a engaging conversationalist.
Plan the transition
You might be using filler words when you want to shift to a new sentence or topic or bring in some new information to the table. Instead of using filler words to tell the audience that you are making a transition, practice words or phrases that can actually serve the purpose. Say moreover or in addition to more often than an um or uh and you will realise how much better (and well-informed) you sound.
And, even if you feel okayish about your spoken English skills or want to know how to improve on it, then go for online portals like MyEnglish to get the complete package of written and verbal test and tips and material to improve yourself.