How do I stop using filler words?

One of the great fears of most people when they speak in public is, what do I do if I can’t remember what’s coming next?

Well, you pause. We pause when we speak regularly to our friends, to our neighbors in business. We pause. I just did like I’m doing right now, and you know something.

The world doesn’t end because that’s the way we normally talk, but when we get up in front of a group, you know what happens. We think we have to be perfect. We can’t have a pause wrong. Have a pause like you normally would. Don’t throw in a or so or any of the other words that we just love to fill in that space. They are not necessary. They detract. They become a habit.

So pause, enjoy the pause. Look at the audience when you pause and take your time just as you would in real life.