So, what's like the problem?
Uhmm, em… Filler words or “clutch” words are empty words and phrases that pad your sentences without adding any additional meaning. Does this make sense? Overusing fillers makes you sound like unprofessional. You know? Even worse, it can make it difficult to follow your sentences. Okay? In fact, most of us totally do it: The optimum frequency is about one filler per minute, but the average speaker uses five fillers per minute — or, one every twelve seconds.
Fillers diminish your credibility and distract from your message when speaking. They make you sound nervous, distracted, or disengaged rather than authentic. Research has found that “even though um’s do not seem to be a product of anxiety or lack of preparation…listeners assume that they are.”
Most of us use fillers because eliminating them used to be hard and awkward. It requires time, preparation and often involves other people and practicing in artificial scenarios.
Till now, you had to either record yourself speaking and play it back. Or, you could work with a partner who gives you a signal such as a clap or snap every time you use an undesired expression or ehm and uhm. After hours of work you’d gain awareness around the filler words you use most. Then write them down, and practice again. Till you finally catch yourself about to use one, err on silence instead to develop a smoother, polished delivery.
Elo has your back every time you are actually talking on a video call helping you to eliminate your filler words.