Dr. Willis Newman, Esmeralda Newman, bible-teaching-about.com

Public speaking: how to stop
using meaningless verbal fillers

QUESTION:

My question is more for help with teaching method or public speaking.  In my teaching, or public speaking, I have a tendency to use the phrase "you know" a bit too much.  How can I improve on this, and what recommendations would have.

Ivy

ANSWER:

Ivy:

I bet you are a good teacher, but just a little nervous. There are three things I could suggest. First, practice a speech before a mirror for 15 minutes every day all by yourself - without the "you knows." Second, know your material very well before you present it. 

Rehearse it often. Third, have a friendly someone in your class raise their hand each time you say, "you know." A fourth suggestion, relax and have fun while you teach.

Dr. Newman

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