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Public Speaking Tip: Right, erm, so – this is how fillers can, like, well, basically, sort of, literally get in the way of your message – you know, if you get what I mean…

Some people call them filler words, others might know them as crutch words; irrespective of name, these are any sounds, words or entire phrases that does not contribute to the meaning of a sentence. Of course, there's nothing wrong with the odd one, even in public speaking. Chronically overused, however, they can become an annoyance to an audience and a severe hindrance to the clarity of your message.