Have you ever noticed a speaker using the expression “Does that make sense?” Jerry Weissman has. Jerry is a leading corporate presentations coach and the founder of Power Presentations, Ltd., He is also the author of Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters.
Weissman believes that filler phrases only serve to introduce uncertainty and doubt into the presentation. He writes:
“Does that make sense?” has become so pervasive, it joins the ranks of fillers, empty words that surround and diminish meaningful words, just as weeds diminish the beauty of roses in a garden. Most speakers are unaware that they are using fillers, and most audiences don’t bother to think of their implications.
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