We all have negative speech habits. The “ah's”, “um's”, “ya knows”, “err's”, “you betcha's”, “okee dokee's” and last but not least, “I was just wondering”. The word “wondering” means to convey doubt. When you call someone on the telephone or meet them face to face, you want to project confidence, self-assurance. Whether from habit, lack of confidence, or fear of sounding “pushy” we fall into these bad, and weak, speech habits. This sound clip “What is a what not” showcases several examples of weak speech and negative habits. When we say to someone, “I'll give you a buzz next week” or “I'll throw you some numbers” is that really the message you want to convey? Rid yourself of these bad habits. Learn to speak confidently and powerfully.
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