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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.

Making the Climb

Whatever field of life you're in and whatever point on the journey you find yourself on, the key is to keep climbing, however slow the progress seems.
If you are at the bottom of the rock face and looking up, find someone who will support your desire to climb. As you begin, do not allow the voices of those still at the bottom to persuade you to come back down. They can tell you nothing about a climb they've never made.