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Recording as a Mirror

I highly encourage you to record yourself talking in a meeting. 

It will be highly uncomfortable, as if you haven’t really focused on public speaking, will probably be shocked at the amount of verbal fillers (“um”, “uh,” “like,” “right?, “you know,” etc.) that you might use. 

Editing my own podcasts has been an extremely painful, yet highly enlightening exercise, as the more fillers I use, the more editing I have to do. 

However, the first (and sometimes painful) step towards improving in something is getting clear about where you’re at right now. After all, you won’t know how to improve if you don’t know where your areas of improvements are.

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