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QW 010312 “Speech Self-Assessment Jan.2”

I’ve just finished listening to the recordings from last night’s Skype discussion lessons. As you may or may not imagine, there are a million gazillion things that need to be corrected and improved in my recorded speech. It’s so easy to be devastated by self-assessing your speaking and writing. Yeah, it is embarrassing and painful, but who else does this for you, right? Now let me share some of the weakness that I’ve found in my speech. I do this for a self-serving purpose, yet at the same time I wish it’d be of any help to you. What a beautiful self-sacrifice. No?

1) Unnecessary “Maybes”
I think I’ve already consumed a monthly stock of “maybes”. It’s just amazing that I constantly insert “maybe” whenever I’m searching for words and/or not really sure of what I was going to say. How can I quit uttering unnecessary “maybe” ? One of the doable solutions could be to use alternatives, such as um, uh, ahh, yeah, I mean, I guess, you know, ok, oh, so, well, it’s like, as “conversation fillers”. It’s also important not to overuse those fillers. Otherwise, you may sound boring or unintelligent. The website I visited to write this post says: Filler words are nothing but empty, unneeded words that restrict conversations, and are often used to fill in gaps and pauses in conversations.

2) Illogical “Buts”
When you use “but” in your speech, it is assumed that you’re trying to say something contrary to what you’ve already said. By showing a signal of “but”, you can have the listener prepare for or expect a change in the direction of the statement you’re making. The recordings revealed that I used this signal too often without any logicality or sensible reasons. One solution might be to use alterative fillers. Another alternative is to say “buts” only in my head, and do not utter the word.

Tonight’s self-assigned lesson target is to refrain from using unnecessary maybes and illogical buts. I’ll keep you posted on this.
(Reference: Filler Words in english)

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