TM Jennifer from Los Angeles has sure seen a lot of motivational videos. (But these days who hasn’t, right?) In this script for the role of Ah Counter, she wonders if she would have seen as many if they had filler words. Read her submission below.
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We have all seen dozens of motivational videos on YouTube. And every video follows a common pattern. There is a narrator doling out powerful lines in a motivational tone with background music and stock photography to match. “No goal is too high once you set your mind to it.” “Success comes after hard work in the dictionary.” Imagine these same lines with filler words in them. “No goal is umm too high once you like set your mind to it.” Not nearly as effective right?
That’s what filler words do to your speeches – make them less effective, less convincing. In Toastmasters, we have a dedicated Ah Counter to help you overcome this. As the Ah Counter today, my role is to keep a track of all the filler words such as ah, umm, err, you know etc. used by the speakers today in their speeches. I will make a note of them and present my report towards the end of the meeting.
Thank you so much TM Jennifer for this submission.
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