29 Sep ‘OK’, ‘basically’, ‘obviously’, ‘you know?’ and ‘alright?’

There are certain words that can cause your audience to disagree with you. So it’s a good idea to be careful because you want your audience to be in rapport with you for as much of your presentation as possible.

Certain words should be reduced if you want to reduce the likelihood that people will disagree with your point of view. They are: ‘OK’, ‘Basically’, ‘Obviously’, ‘You know?’, and ‘Alright?’ When you say words such as these, it’s possible that some people in your audience will say, ‘no it isn’t!’ or ‘no I don’t!’, and it encourages them to start looking for other parts of your message that might be inconsistent or inaccurate in some way.

What should I say instead of these words?
Consider replacing these words with a pause and a diaphragmatic breath. Eventually you will find you eliminate this habit when you speak.

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