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+00:00May 15th, 2016|A Story NOT Silenced, News, Simply Story, Speaker, Storytelling|1 Comment

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How many speakers leave you with memorable life lessons, motivating a life-perspective adjustment, a catalyst for real change? As a professional interactive performance artist, I have stage presence, charisma, a deep vibrant voice, and a message worth your time. I'm too busy to waste my time or yours with talk that cannot be applied personally and professionally in an immediate way. I performed ‘A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience, I founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, authored two books: ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter,’ to empower children with coping skills and communication strategies when someone they love has cancer, and created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations. Share this link with friends/colleagues who participate in conferences in need of a speaker who will rock the house! EvaGrayzel.com

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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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