Stopping bad public speaking habits, part 2

You know bad speaking mannerisms when you see and hear them. They’re the fillers in your speaking when you’re on stage, when you’re selling to a room, when you’re pitching to a journalist or influencer. Sometimes they flow as part of the conversation, but many times they stick out like a sore thumb:

  • Fillers like “um” and “uh”
  • Bridgers like “like” and “you know”
  • Starting each new thought with the same word, such as “Basically”

In part 2, we look at this simple trick to put an end to the majority of the mannerisms while making you sound even more compelling as a speaker:

Give this a try the next time you’re speaking in a presentation, on stage, even in a meeting!

Christopher S. Penn
Vice President, Marketing Technology

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Posted on July 30, 2013 in Public Speaking, Video

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Christopher S. Penn is an authority on digital marketing and marketing technology. A recognized thought leader, author, and speaker, he has shaped three key fields in the marketing industry: Google Analytics adoption, data-driven marketing and PR, and email marketing. Known for his high-octane, here’s how to get it done approach, his expertise benefits companies such as Citrix Systems, McDonald’s, GoDaddy, McKesson, and many others. His latest work, Leading Innovation, teaches organizations how to implement and scale innovative practices to direct change. Christopher is a highly-sought keynote speaker thanks to his energetic, informative talks. In 2015, he delivered insightful, innovative talks on all aspects of marketing and analytics at over 30 events to critical acclaim. He is a founding member of IBM’s Watson Analytics Predictioneers, co-founder of the groundbreaking PodCamp Conference, and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee marketing podcast. Christopher is a Google Analytics Certified Professional and a Google AdWords Certified Professional. He is the author of over two dozen marketing books including bestsellers such as Marketing White Belt: Basics for the Digital Marketer, Marketing Red Belt: Connecting With Your Creative Mind, and Marketing Blue Belt: From Data Zero to Marketing Hero.
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