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The role of Ah-Counter is to listen for and take note of words and sounds that speakers use as “crutches” or “pause filler”. These words and sounds make our speech sound clumsy and unpolished. Examples of inappropriate words may include “like” and “ya know”. Sounds may include “Ah, Um” or involuntary lip smacking. Also note when a speaker repeats a phrase (ex. “This means, this means”). This is called a double clutch.
When introduced during the club meeting, explain the role of the Ah-Counter.
In the Ah-Counter’s log, note overused words and filler sounds relied upon too often by all speakers. Examples include: and, but, so, you know, ah, um.
During the evaluation portion of the meeting, report your observations when called upon.
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