Filler Words: When & How to Avoid Using Them

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Have you ever caught yourself saying “um,” “like,” or “you know” more times than you’d care to admit? Well, you’re not alone!

Not too long ago, I recorded a live video with Madam Azimah where we had a conversation about a specific topic.

Since the video was conducted in a more casual and conversational style, I didn’t realise that I was using a lot of filler words, specifically the word “like”, until somebody pointed it out in the comments!

Now I usually don’t mind getting constructive feedback, but it made me think: is it truly wrong to use filler words such as “like”?

So, what exactly are filler words?

They’re those little words or phrases we sprinkle throughout our conversations, not always for their literal meaning but to bridge gaps or give us a moment’s pause.

In this week’s podcast episode, I talk about these filler words and explore when they serve a purpose, when they might hinder our communication, and how we can strike that perfect balance.

Listen to the episode here.

You can also listen to this episode on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

We hope this deep dive into the world of filler words will give you some valuable insights and perhaps a fresh perspective on how we use language every day.

Until next time, keep learning, keep growing and remember: every word counts!

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