RSA, a British organization, is similar to TED in America.
Richard Thaler, Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at the University of Chicago, speaks at an RSA event. For students of Speaking,
These verbal place holders or space fillers are frequently heard in Speeches and Presentations. But they distract from your message and discourage attentive listening and active listening by the Audience. The bottom line of all of this Speaking advice and suggestions is to encourage you.
First, to encourage you to seek out a comfortable, secure learning environment where you can take risk. The idea is simple really but people think it’s difficult and continue to avoid it by hiding behind the false idea: the Fear of Speaking.
Second, to encourage you to take those new skills you’ve learned, and the confidence you should have developed along with the skills, and put them to good use. At every opportunity. Of course you are not going to begin by giving a Keynote address at your local University graduation. But begin small and work-up. See my show on Volunteer activity. This serves so many good purposes and is a perfect place to begin.
The Solution: Planning, Preparation, & Practice will help You resolve this Distracting issue. The Result: Attracting and keeping the attention & involvement of Your Audience.
~Want more Solutions for this issue? see Show# 24.
is the first step to improvement.