Have you ever spoken with someone who relies on vocal crutches to get through everyday conversation? Chances are, you have. Many people rely on vocal crutches without even realizing it.
Common vocal crutches include relying on filler words such as “um”and “like, “ya know?” Up-talking is another common vocal tic which occurs when someone ends statements with the intonation of a question. Vocal crutches can be annoying and can even distract listeners from what is actually being said.
Can vocal tics impact a person’s image? Can vocal crutches hold individuals back in a professional environment? What is the best way to identify a vocal crutch? How can you stop yourself from relying on vocal tics?
John K. Bates, CEO and Founder at Executive Speaking Success