How to Stop Saying UM
Do you have a case of the ummmmmmms?
I feel you! You have valuable content to bring to your audience, and then, you hit that dang “Go Live” button and BOOM! The UMS take over! In this video I share 5 simple effective ways to eliminate the ums! And, if you want to bring in a flood of qualified leads using this hot new live video tool, join me for our next Live Video Master Class.
Plan Your Content (1:23)
- Use an aid to map out your content first
- Plan it in bite sized chunks
- Transitional moments between our thoughts are where we get caught up most
Speak To One Specific Person (2:56)
- This is a helpful tool for when you are going live and when you are speaking on stage
- When going live, look right into the camera and imagine that there is another human directly behind the camera
- Imagine you are speaking to one singular person
- Don’t get distracted by the comments
- Stay focused on the one person you are speaking to
Create Your Own Slang (5:03)
- Fun way to handle the tendency to say “um”
- If you are really clear about your brand and the energy you are bringing to the camera, you can find creative ways to navigate through discomfort
- Practice little phrases to say
- Have a powerful positioning statement
- Something you can count on that’s a phrase that you practice so that when you’re on camera you can reach for those standard phrases
- Helps to be entertaining, fun, lighten the mood without stressing yourself out in a place of “um”
Go Live! (7:00)
- Practicing is great!
- When you practice on your own, it’s not the same as having the added pressure of people watching
- Do it! Go Live!
- The more that you go live and start speaking out loud and working through that tendency to say “um” the less you will start to say it
Review Your Recordings (13:13)
- You will become aware that you are saying “um”, you will notice the places that you insert those “ums” more than others, you will start to get better at working through those little transitions
The more that you breathe before you go live and allow yourself to take a moment between your thoughts it not only allows your audience time to process what you are saying, but it helps you to know little bits of silence are actually ok. Be strategic with your tactics while you are communicating. We judge ourselves about saying “um”, therefore, the better we can get about eliminating it from our vocabulary, the more confident we will be about coming to the camera.