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um, er, ah, oh…  5 Steps To Rid Your Presentation of Filler Words

um, er, ah, oh… 5 Steps To Rid Your Presentation of Filler Words

Fillers — What are they?
The most common filler sounds are: ‘um’, ‘ah’, ‘oh’, ‘huh’, ‘mmmm’…
Then we advance to filler words, including: ‘yes’, ‘so’, ‘basically’, ‘absolutely’, ‘obviously’, ‘literally’…
And, for the experienced players an array of filler phrases: ‘you know’, ‘moving on’, ‘I think that’, ‘I guess’, ‘I’m just saying’, ‘to be honest’.

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Hannah Gadsby – Douglas

Hannah Gadsby – Douglas

“I’m not here to collect your pity, I’m here to disrupt your confidence”

Hannah Gadsby’s 2nd Netflix 75 minute comedy performance is not, strictly speaking, a speech.  But, it’s not not a speech either.  There are so many lessons for communicators in Douglas, that you might miss whilst you are busy being entertained by this master.

Douglas is a form-busting, trope-challenging romp of comedic prowess.  Gadsby challenges rules for stand-up, social commentary and speech-making and it is marvellous.

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Speech 37:  Oprah Winfrey (their time is up)

Speech 37: Oprah Winfrey (their time is up)

Oprah Winfrey was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on 7 January 2018.  She used this occasion, and her powerful platform to make a stand. 

“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men.  But their time is up.  Their time is up.  Their time is up.”

This is a speech for the history books and speech that helped shape history.  At the time, the MeToo movement was rapidly gaining worldwide momentum.  The genius of this speech is that Oprah nails the zeitgeist – the right message, to the right audience at the right time.  

This short speech offers the everyday communicator some awesome lessons…

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