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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.


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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