The first time I was asked to give a client presentation, you could barely hear what I was saying.
Between the stuttering, and the shakiness in my voice, and the constant dancing around what I was really trying to say, it was clear no one in the room was impressed.
It has taken me years of practice to learn how, especially as one of the younger people in the room, to present myself well.
1. Replace “um” with stronger filler words
In the moment, it’s hard not to say “uh, um,” while you try to gather your thoughts.
Great speakers rarely ever use the distracting sound.
But if you listen close, it’s not that they avoid pauses altogether. They instead replace “uh, um” with…