ROSHAAN AMEERDISCUSSIONPUBLIC SPEAKING Vocalized Pause- A pause that occurs when a speaker ﬁlls the silencebetween words with vocalizations such as “uh,” “er,” and “um.” This is important to me as a speaker because when I get nervous I tend toforget what I’m trying to say. And ﬁll in the words with vocalized pauses.As I got older I began to hear it more and more in other’s speeches. Thatmade me think how much I’m probably saying these words as well. So asthe grades passed teachers started to put into the speeches curriculumthat points would be docked each time these are used. Unfortunately, mygrades were not great thanks to this but at least I knew about anotherproblem I had and took the steps to correct it. Not saying that when I talkin front of others you won’t sometimes hear me say these but it’s animprovement and that’s all I’m wanting. Learning how not to ﬁll in the awkward silences with these words willimprove your speeches quality exponentially. You will sound like you knowwhat you are talking about and the people you are talking to will listen andmore likely believe your words. Not to mention that saying um or uh everyfew words can be annoying and distracting. Just think of yourself having tohear it and you realize you did not hear a word the speaker had saidbecause you were counting to amount of um’s that was said. So myquestion is when you are blinded by fear and forget everything that youneed to say what should you say?