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.