Ever catch yourself slipping those useless qualifiers into your speech - the 'really', 'but seriously', 'honestly', 'to tell the truth' drop-ins?
Ever wonder why?
These words don't actually have any meaning, or do they?
Perhaps we believe that they give us more authority and importance?
Or do we just use them as smoke screens for what we are actually saying?
If you think about it, you might notice that these repetitive sound bites actually diminish our impact.
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
CATCH AND RELEASE…
This one is really simple:
Pay attention to when others use these 'drop-ins' in their speech.
How do these words affect you?
What do you think that other person is actually saying?
(Tonight's Presidential debate might be a good opportunity to catch this one in action…)
Now pay attention to your own speech patterns…
What are you saying?