Faster Than 20

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Umm…

March 24, 2017 – March 24, 2017

Anda and Paper Airplanes
Copyright Bre Pettis. CC BY-NC. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bre/2959621359/

How might we...

  • How might I communicate more effectively?
    • How might I stop saying "um" when I speak?

Hypothesis

If my peers throw paper at me whenever I say, "umm," I will eventually stop saying "umm" so much.

Design

At the beginning of our day-long meeting, ask everyone to make a paper airplane or crumple up paper, and throw it at me throughout the meeting every time I say, "umm."

Metrics

Measure the number of times people throw paper at me in the morning and the afternoon. Compare the two results.

Learnings

  • Simply having the group accountability made me more self-aware about what I was saying, including other fillers I often use
  • I also became much more aware of when others used fillers
  • Light, fun feedback really helped, and it also helped lighten the meeting overall. Mark's virtual feedback and celebratory sign especially made me laugh
  • Slowing down my speech was the most effective way for me to avoid using fillers, and I think it makes me a more effective speaker / communicator overall

Decisions

I want to make reducing my filler usage an overall priority. Replicate this experiment as often as possible — it's light, and I can do it in both professional and personal situations.

Questions

Updates

Hashtag #umm
Accountable Eugene
Team Eugene, Mark, Alison, Elissa, Jodie
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Modified April 20, 2017
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