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Um-Ah Counter

Purpose   Tick  To report on the use of fillers and unnecessarily repeated words. Examples are um and ahs or other "unseemly noises", over use of words/phrases like "and", "so", "but", , "like", "you know", "basically" and others. As much as anything it is an exercise in listening, and making you aware of how frequently this habit invades our speaking.
When preparing Tick  Download and print a copy of the Um/Ah Counter tally sheet to assist you on the night.
What to do during your assignment Tick Keep a tally of the count, person by person, throughout the meeting.
Tick  When presenting your report at the end of the night, avoid reading out all the names on your list. You won't have time! Make it an exception report, noting chief offenders or very good performers, including those who have improved significantly or deserve some special mention.
  Tick  If the meeting is running close to or overtime, make your report concise.
  Tick Hand back to the person who called you to the front, either the General Evaluator or the Chairman.
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