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How to Reduce Ums and Ahs Without Resorting to a Teleprompter

Filler words have a tendency to occur more often—when you get in front of a camera. This is due to the absence of prompts to keep you on track.

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The good news, studies indicated if your message is interesting, these filler words are unlikely to distract your audience. However, if you want to give your message a mark of distinction that builds trust, your goal should be to minimize them.

In the video above, I cover the method I use to minimize filler words like Um, Ah, Basically, Actually, and Like I Said. The method includes using an outline. Here's the outline I used:

Outline for the video at the top of the post

I find it easier to use two-columns. The one on the left represents the overarching framework. The one of the right is the scaffolding I ad lib around. 

Enjoy the video and let me know your thoughts. Do you use an outlining technique to create your videos? Maybe have a suggestion or question?

About the Author William Franco

Will is the Managing Director of jiveSYSTEMS and creator of the Digital Handshake™, a digital version of a time-proven tradition that turns tedious follow-up into a closing conversation. Will’s a hands-on guy, with a decade of experience enabling sales teams to leverage video. Will's an instant catalyst for positive change, once you get to know him, you’ll completely understand why.

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  • Richard Hamilton says:

    Great information

  • Ken Ferguson says:

    Excellent insights and effective training Will.

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