If yes, you should be aware, says PR guru Ben Decker, that using such filler words when you speak will annoy your listeners and torpedo your credibility.
Helpfully, in the piece he wrote for Entrepreneur magazine earlier this week, Decker, who runs his own communications firm, also provides advice on how to cut out the filler words from your conversation:
1. Leave yourself a voicemail.
2. Try to overdo a pause.
3. If you project your voice, it's really hard to say "um…"
4. Don't get down on yourself.
He elaborates on each point in the article while pointing out that the payoff for eliminating filler words is tremendous:
Heightened credibility. A better delivery. Best of all, a clearer message without the distraction.
Read the piece in its entirety here: "How to Cut the 'Ums,' Uhs,' and 'Literallys' When Speaking".