Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 26

Recipe for enthusiasm!

I just attended the mid-winter meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, which is the big conference in my field (basically, hearing-related research).  I heard some great research talks, and some not-so-great talks, which is pretty typical for a conference. While I won’t single anyone out, the great talks all had one thing in …

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Feb 07

Fight those filler words

Whether it’s a scientific talk or a wedding toast, what we say is important.  Just as important, though, is what we don’t say.  Filler words-those “ums”, “ahs”, “likes” and “you knows”, take power away from our words, as the audience fights to stay on course, to understand our message, while dodging filler word obstacles.  I …

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