InterviewStream.com: "Umm Like All-Stars"

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<strong>Philadelphia &mdash; Aug. 28</strong><br />InterviewStream.com, an online destination for interview technology, has announced the &ldquo;Umm Like All-Stars,&rdquo; a collection of some of America&rsquo;s worst public offenders when it comes to butchering the English language. <br /><br />InterviewStream.com developed UmmLike.com to highlight the rampant &mdash; and often annoying &mdash; use of “filler” language that has infiltrated our speech habits in recent years.  <br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;Um,&rsquo; &lsquo;like,&rsquo; &lsquo;ya know&rsquo; and &lsquo;uh&rsquo; are just a few of many filler words used by otherwise intelligent English-speaking Americans,&rdquo; said Randy Bitting, InterviewStream.com co-founder. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve found some stunning examples of well-regarded people who can&rsquo;t get out of their own way when speaking.&rdquo;<br /><br />The &ldquo;Umm Like All-Stars&rdquo; include:<br /><br /><ul><li>Barack Obama </li><li>Britney Spears </li><li>Michelle Wie </li><li>Andy Reid </li><li>Allen Iverson </li></ul><br />Although celebrities seemingly are becoming less eloquent, the National Association of Colleges and Employers maintains that for the last eight years communication skills have topped the list of the &ldquo;skills and qualities that employers rate as most important.&rdquo;  <br /><br />To circumvent America&rsquo;s poor language-etiquette epidemic, Ummlike.com also offers exercises and tools for filler-word prevention during job interviews, client presentations and public speaking, including the Umm-o-Meter.  <br /><br />The InterviewStream site allows site users to count the number of fillers they use in their speech, thus reducing interview-wrecking habits and saving the English language one part of speech at a time.

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