You can fix your ‘like.’ And you probably should. Same goes for your ‘um.’ Because when you say ‘like’ every other word, it’s difficult to actually listen when it’s so hard to hear you.

I’m a recovering ‘like’ abuser. I’ve been able to, more or less, nix the habit not by wishing or willing it away but by persuading myself that it’s okay to pause.

Assume the person you are talking to will allow you to speak. Because, most of the time, he will. Contrary to what your subconscious is telling you, he won’t jump in the moment you hesitate.

It’s not about getting rid of the habit, it’s about replacing it with something else—‘like’ with ‘silence.’

Talk slower if you need to.

Record your meetings and conversations.

Filler words don’t keep the attention of the audience. And fast speakers aren’t heard the most nor do they appear to know best.