The Ah Counter
We all know how um annoying it ah can um be when people um just keep, um putting in these like little words like which are just em there to fill the space while they like think.
Filler words are most often used for one of two reasons;
- The Speaker wants time to think
- The Speaker lacks confidence and wants to fill the silence
During the meeting
The Toastmaster may ask you to briefly explain your role. For all speakers, listen to the number of ah, er, oh, um’s or other filler words, count them for each speaker and make a note. Report back the results at the end of the evening when the Toastmaster calls upon you to do so. Listen out for common fillers such as you know, so, well, you see and so on and make a note of these too.
If you need help, ask a fellow club member. Enjoy yourself, have fun and be professional; learn by your mistakes, we’ve all made them and that is why Toastmasters is such a supportive environment.
Note that his is NOT a time to embarrass or condone any member, it is to make them aware of what they are saying and for everyone to learn from it and improve.