Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Senator Obama and the deadly 'Uh'

Senator Obama, about that 'uh' thing.
Last night, David Letterman presented the "Barack Obama 'Uh' Count," in
which they parsed his appearance with Olbermann and counted the verbal
pauses of the candidate often praised for his eloquence.

30, in a reasonably short clip.

I have not done a whole lotta public speaking, but I did learn this handy little tip from Grady S., champion salesman - when you have the nearly uncontrollable urge to say 'uh', mentally pause. Don't .. say .. anything.

It might feel like it's taking forever but the people listening will never notice. And if they do you'll get a reputation as a thoughtful speaker. And the rest of us won't have to hear you trip over your 'uh's.

Seriously dude, it's distracting.
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