Hey, you know, like, um, dude, seriously, it’s like totally uncool, um, you know what I’m sayin’ … No, you probably don’t. Colloquial speech may be okay among your friends or social group, but in your school and business life, you need to communicate well. Effective communication skills reflect confidence in the message you’re trying to convey. For a student advantage in your college life, with professors and in your business communication, learn how to drop the “um” and “like” right away.
Why use “um” and what it says about us
The use of “um” and “you know” and other filler words in our speech is a habit we get from an early age.