# 2.01.01 LEARN Vocabulary with Why CEOs Need To Stop Saying Filler Words, Especially "Um" and "Ah"

filler word

noun
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words, sounds, or phrases we use to "fill in" the space when we don't know what to say.

1. This fact significantly leads to the use of filler words by international business executives.
2. This gap between the speed of thought and the speed of speech can lead to the use of filler words as a way to bridge the gap.
3. Filler words, such as "um," "ah," "like," and "you know,"...
capacity for belief

1. ...Maria found that using filler words in English often undermined her credibility and leadership.
2. First, they can diminish the speaker's credibility and authority.
3. While filler words may serve as a temporary placeholder in speech, they can have a negative impact on the speaker's credibility and communication skills.
not clearly identified or defined

1. The overuse can interrupt the flow of conversation and may make the speaker appear uncertain or unprepared.
2. During meetings with her team, Maria noticed that using filler words made her seem uncertain and less confident in her ideas.
3. By pausing for a moment to gather their thoughts, a CEO can come across as more measured and decisive in their speech, rather than uncertain and reliant on filler words.
to bear from one place to another

1. Additionally, Maria's filler words made it harder for her to clearly and concisely convey her thoughts and ideas.
2. By constantly inserting filler words into their speech, a leader may struggle to clearly convey their message.
3. Pauses can help the speaker to more effectively convey their message.