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Limit filler words

Are some words more important to use than others when I'm talking to someone else? 
Yes, some words are vital to conversations, while others just fill space. Just as we sometimes speed-read, we also tend to speed-listen, skipping "filler" words such as the, of, and, if, and but, because these are words one can fill in for themselves.

The listener is eager to get to the heart of the message, feasting on "money" words that help get to the point and drive home the true meaning of what you're trying to say.

Filler words can sometimes distract from the main idea, so minimize the use of these while maximizing the use of money words to capture and hold the attention of the audience.

The key is to try to be as efficient with your words as possible. Get to the point to get the business. 
Brain Trust contributor: Author of Voice Power
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