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Crutch Words

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Author Unknown Submitted by Ruva Munyariwa During our meetings our AH counter listens for improper uses of crutch words or pause fillers, such as ah, um, er, well, but, so, you know. There are a lot of other less obvious crutch words that we slip into sentences in order to give ourselves more time to think, or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning of a statement. Below are six commonly used words that add no meaning whatsoever to what we saying. 1. "Actually" is the perfect example of a crutch word. It is meant to signify something that exists in reality, but it is more often used as a way to add punch to a statement (as in, "I actually have no idea").

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It has only been two months since the start of the new Toastmasters year, and what a busy two months it has been. We made a home away from home at Florida Summer standing with the rest the 2.Bonnie Literally This adverb should be used to describe an of action that occurs in a teachers at El Sol Jupiters Resource strict sense. Often, however, it is used Neighborhood inversely to emphasize a hyperbolic or Career College and also held the club th Humorous Speech and Evaluation Centerstatement: on graduation August 16Literally (second figurative "I literally night, ran 300 miles today." is one of the Contests. We also saw our membership from left).used crutch words in English. most famously grow and hosted many guests, and we gained four new members for our club. 3.Volunteering Basically - This phrase is Helps used to signal truth, simplicity, and confidence, Others September also promises to be a busy like in "Basically, he made a Bonnie bad decision." It should signify something that By Summer When we are blessed with so much, it is important is fundamental or elementary, but too often this word is used in the context of month. Sunset Speakers, being the home of the Area Governor; E. Anita Newman, things to give that are back far from to the basic community in order to create so a others sense of authority can beand finality. will have the pleasure of hosting the Area blessed too. For the past two semesters I have 43 contest on the 7th of September. taught English at El Sol Jupiters Neighborhood 4. Honestly -This crutch word is used to assert authority or express September also sees our continued effort Resource Center. In Jupiter, there is a largely incredulity, as in, "Honestly, I have no idea why he said that." However, it to meet our goals for the Distinguished Guatemalan community, and the citizens of this very rarely adds honesty to a statement. The next crutch word is perhaps the Club Program as well as other community struggle with what most of us take for most famous one out there. Toastmasters awards. We hit the ground granted. Most of them come from Guatemala and running, and will continue in a similar with nothing more than the clothes on 5.Mexico Like The cardinal sinner of lazy words like is interspersed in their dialogue to fashion through the rest of the year to back and more perhaps athink suitcase. They have cannot left their give a speaker time to or because the speaker shake the achieve our clubs goals. families behind make better inof our habit of using the Like should describewages something the same form,
country kind, but character, dont speak, or speak appearance, or amount. But, veryvery often, little, it is used English. Therefore, the smallest tasks like grocery involuntarily in conversation, just like um. shopping or trying to find a good job can seem Ruva Munyariwa, Club President 6.monumental. Obviously - This word should signify an action which is readily In fact in the past, there were some observable, recognized, or understood. Speakers tend to use not very nice people locally who would take it, however, to emphasize their point with regards to things advantage of the Guatemalans by hiring them to that arent necessarily obvious: "Obviously he should have do hard labor and paying them pennies or Join us on Tuesdays, 6:15pm 7:15pm thrown the ball to first base." sometimes nothing at all. This is how El Sol Jupiters Neighborhood Resource Center came into existence. El Sol provides a safe environment in which these men and women can get assistance for a multitude of different things, including help

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How to speak well and confidently AUTHOR - rkmittal Are you very shy when it comes to new surroundings, such as starting a new class or moving to a new area? Sometimes, it is necessary to overcome your shyness and speak confidently. By doing this, it can help you not only to share your ideas properly to others, but also to learn communicating with others. Here are a few steps to consider when speaking with confidence. Steps 1. Learn how to have conversations with people. Your ideas and opinions may not always be accepted by others, but this is nothing unusual. Open your mouth and express your beliefs! This will improve your courage. 2. Don't be afraid and speak loudly. If you speak in a low voice, not only will others not be able to hear what you say, but you will also portray a submissive demeanor, which suggests the opposite of a confident one. 3. Make eye contact when you speak. For one thing, it is polite for others. Also, eye contact will help others to listen to your thinking carefully. 4. Praise yourself everyday! This will promote your own confidence, which is important when you speak. With more confidence, people will take your thinking more seriously. Tips 1. Don't be nervous when you make mistakes. Human error is far from being a new concept - nobody is perfect! It is normal for everyone to make mistakes. Just calm down and keep speaking bravely. 2. Try and try again! This may be difficult for a shy person at first, but you need to force yourself to speak, and not seclude your thoughts. If you have some ideas, then try to speak out! Don't just keep them in your head. 3. If you have self-confidence issues, try to think that you are the only one who has sound knowledge about the topic. Then go ahead and impart your knowledge to the audience in an effective way. 4. Remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Don't portray an exaggerated amount of confidence, or you will come off as arrogant, believing that your ideas are better than the ideas of everyone else. One of the most important components of public speaking is the sound of your voice. It influences the impact of your message, and might even make or break the success of your speech. Fortunately, for many people, good voice quality can be learned.

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