It’s been four weeks, and I haven’t had the chance to replicate the #umm experiment in another meeting. But I have shared the story a lot, and I also find that I am much more conscious about saying “umm.” Speaking more slowly continues to be the best way for me to avoid saying “umm.”
I’ve also become more hyper-aware of my other fillers: “you know,” “right?”, “the reality is,” etc. I am probably using the other fillers in place of “umm” at times.
Would be interesting to record a few meetings, count the umms / minute, and compare the results over time.
Final tally: 6 umms in the morning, 3 in the afternoon (along with this encouraging message from Mark!):
Simply doing the experiment (and probably the group accountability) made me more conscious of my, “umms,” even without the feedback. The feedback itself definitely helped, and it was fun!
Here’s a brief video (as part of the #kardashians experiment) explaining what I did and what I learned: