Hook Audiences with Choice Words: Eliminate These Fifteen

Hook_Choice_WordsWhen I first started lecturing, my manager would notate how many times I used the word ‘um,’ ‘and’ or some other filler. I didn’t believe her when she told me I was upwards of 30 ‘ums’ in a one-hour speech. At my next lecture, I began to hear myself use the fillers. As my transitions and key points concretized, the fillers vanished from my speech.

At a recent international conference in Chicago where I knew there would be several potential referrals, I had one hour to give an audience the best of what I’ve got. Every sentence was crafted. Pacing and timing had to be impeccable. An attendee wrote in an email to me, ‘I was amazed at your ability to perform flawlessly.’ He felt the impact of filling sentences with words to create images and ignite emotion.

Hook audiences with choice words and eliminate these fifteen words from all presentations:

  • That
  • Went
  • Obviously
  • Absolutely
  • Very
  • Really (Really?)
  • Amazing (So overused!)
  • Always
  • Never
  • Literally
  • Just
  • Maybe
  • Stuff
  • Irregardless (This isn’t a word. It’s ‘regardless’)
  • What words would you add to this list?

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By | 2016-10-14T15:18:13+00:00 May 15th, 2016|A Story NOT Silenced, News, Simply Story, Speaker, Storytelling|1 Comment

About the Author:

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.

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  1. Eva Grayzel May 16, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

    I have a couple more: And. So.

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