An Exercise: Watching our Vocabulary

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Speaking perfectly is impossible! But have you ever done an exercise to see how often you say “like.” Ok, next time you are having a conversation check. Is it a lot? Is it too much? If saying like is overwhelming, it takes a little work and awareness to minimize it.

But don’t worry, too much, according to a 2014 study entitled “Um . . . Who Like Says You Know: Filler Word Use as a Function of Age, Gender, and Personality” published in Journal of Language & Social Psychology, everyone, no matter age or gender, uses some kind of filler word like like or um.

If you aren’t ready to let go of your filler word, try this seemingly easy switch. Go from saying “No problem,” and respond with “You’re welcome.” Why is it so important to make the switch? Technically there was a problem/obstacle/issue, and in this instance you fixed it. Way to go!

For more insight into our habits, check out The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg at the Plano Public Library. Link to catalog.