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What is it with high profile people and their 'Umms and Arrs' Barack Obama is the 'new kid on the block' thats doing this - count how many times he does this. Its hard to focus on what he's saying w…
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
What is it with high profile people and their 'Umms and Arrs' Barack Obama is the 'new kid on the block' thats doing this - count how many times he does this. Its hard to focus on what he's saying without noticing this. Footballers also do it quite alot too. Foreign people seem to get away with it more as they aren't as fluent as we are.
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
And your point is?
#2
666FU
And your point is?


There is no point to it - just wondered if anyone else noticed it.
#3
ermmm no
#4
hesitations and fillers like this are common when people are self-consciously 'aware' of their words. It reflects the kind of self-monitoring typical of people who are publicly 'exposed' by their speech - on TV, etc. When not reading from a rehearsed script, politicians in particular have to be careful. It's therefore typical of TV conference style situations where the speaker is not only exposed, but also has to protect him/herself against being caught 'off guard'...
#5
listen to a ledley king interview, he always says "you know" same as beckhams "at the end of the day"

Well if we knew we wouldnt be asking would we!!
#6
uuhhhhhh, uhuh.
#7
Liddle ol' me
hesitations and fillers like this are common when people are self-consciously 'aware' of their words. It reflects the kind of self-monitoring typical of people who are publicly 'exposed' by their speech - on TV, etc. When not reading from a rehearsed script, politicians in particular have to be careful. It's therefore typical of TV conference style situations where the speaker is not only exposed, but also has to protect him/herself against being caught 'off guard'...


A* answer lol

Maybe a pause would be better than a 'ermmm' - gives me more confidence in what they are saying tbh.
#8
DJNG22
listen to a ledley king interview, he always says "you know" same as beckhams "at the end of the day"

Well if we knew we wouldnt be asking would we!!


Yeah, sports personalities tend to have a saying. Rafael Nadal always 'for sure' :p
#9
Everyone does this or similar. Sometimes it become habitual though. It always amuses me to see Prince Charles, he never knows what to do with his hands. I have taught myself just to have silent pauses rather than say "eh" or "hmm", though I have found myself doing just that at times. Ehhhh, I think this is what I meant:)
#10
Meadsy4742
A* answer lol

Maybe a pause would be better than a 'ermmm' - gives me more confidence in what they are saying tbh.


Thanks - will await my tufty badge.

I agree about the pausing - those hesitations and fillers also expose the speaker as feeling exposed so can can make them appear untrustworthy rather than just careful..

One reason why Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were such good communicators was that they could appear natural when they spoke. They are also both experts at pausing for effect, even though most of us saw through them eventually.... :roll:
#11
Liddle ol' me
Thanks - will await my tufty badge.

I agree about the pausing - those hesitations and fillers also expose the speaker as feeling exposed so can can make them appear untrustworthy rather than just careful..

One reason why Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were such good communicators was that they could appear natural when they spoke. They are also both experts at pausing for effect, even though most of us saw through them eventually.... :roll:


Showing your age LOM. There are many on this site who will not have heard of tufty :p
#12
Liddle ol' me
Thanks - will await my tufty badge.

I agree about the pausing - those hesitations and fillers also expose the speaker as feeling exposed so can can make them appear untrustworthy rather than just careful..

One reason why Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were such good communicators was that they could appear natural when they spoke. They are also both experts at pausing for effect, even though most of us saw through them eventually.... :roll:


I prefer Tony Blair to Gordon Brown tbh mate.

I don't really know about the american side of things.
#13
Meadsy4742
I prefer Tony Blair to Gordon Brown tbh mate.

I don't really know about the american side of things.


Yes, I suppose my point is that Tony Blair comes across well even though he's a fake, whereas Gordon Brown comes across extremely badly even though he's the more honest and principled politician imo. And their very different communication styles play a large part in the perceptions most people have of them.
banned#14
Liddle ol' me
Yes, I suppose my point is that Tony Blair comes across well even though he's a fake, whereas Gordon Brown comes across extremely badly even though he's the more honest and principled politician imo. And their very different communication styles play a large part in the perceptions most people have of them.


Do you really think that Blair was fake? I know that was the popular consensus, but I'm not so sure. I actually think he was very principled and that was his problem.
#15
uhm.. errrr uhmmmrrr..

buys them time to think about a response that hopefully wont put them in deep kaka later on...

"allegedly"!

I was listening to Obama do his "address of the week" speech the other day. He sounds intelligent ( unlike nameless previous american presidents ) and one gets a sense of his somewhat.. conceptual ideals being related to his age. My hubby hates him so this is an unbiased opinion! Still, I think it a positive thing that they have someone with a modicum of intelligence in power, finally.

I agree that Blair spoke and communicated very well. He was a mask of propriety.
#16
Just try to stop yourself from going "mmmm, errr, aaaaa...." when talking and thinking of the next words or being stuck - Very difficult. I found myself doing it a lot last night while training new starts - I know my stuff, but sometimes finding the right words can be a bit tricky at times when on the spot. Using your head owns.

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