I was listening to an air check of our radio show the other day looking for ways to improve what we do and I was a little frustrated by my use of filler words like “um” and “you know”.

I was a little embarrassed by listening to what I thought was less than A-1 broadcaster delivery and then I saw this article  from Elite Daily and then I was comforted to know that my struggle was just a reflection of my complexity! (nice spin)

"A new study indicates that people throw in filler words in an attempt to pause for a moment to collect their thoughts, or to prevent the listener from starting to speak. For example, people throw in "like" when they don't want to fully commit to a thought, and "you know" when they want the listener to make inferences about the conversation, or when they want to ensure the listener understands what is being said."

"The data shows people who used these fillers were most likely to have the personality trait of conscientiousness. In other words, they are more aware of themselves, so they have a strong desire to rephrase or share opinions with their audience. "

Sounds like me! Oh yah, and like, um, the valley girls, like,

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too…totally!