The Collector of “Unseemly Hesitations”
Your assignment is to listen carefully to eveybody speaking during the meeting and to record against each speaker ‘s name a stroke (l) for every unseemly or unneccessary sound uttered.
Common unseemly sounds are: Ums, ahs, errs, and mmms
Watch out for “You know”, “right”, “OK”, “so”, and “and” where these are used as fillers.
Listen for add-ons: words which have ahs or errs tacked on such as and-err, but-ahs.
Remember: You are doing each speaker a favour by letting him/her know how many unneccessary hesitatations they have.