The Tell-Me Game

  • This exercise is designed to test your speech to see if you use fillers and to identify your favorite filler words and phrases. You will need a partner to be your speech monitor to listen to you. Tell your partner the purpose of the game. His task is to identify and list all fillers as you speak. Set a timer for one minute. Your task is to speak for one minute on this topic: Your business’s products and/or services.

Do not allow yourself any time to think about the topic. Just speak. Speaking impromptu will more closely reproduce your “usual” speech habits. How did you do? Are you a filler user? If you are, there’s work to do to fix your sloppy speech habit. Continue to use the Tell-Me Game to try and cut down on the number of fillers you use in spontaneous speech. Increase the time of the exercise to two minutes.

Have Your Fillers Monitored

As the only way you’re going to eliminate fillers from your speech is through constant diligence, the help of your speech monitor (or monitors) will be invaluable. Once again, explain the speech problem you are working on, and have him tell you every time you commit this speech offense in his presence. If you’re serious about breaking this sloppy speech habit, having one monitor at home and one in your work environment is ideal.

The Benefits of Eliminating Fillers

As was the case with the first sloppy speech habit you tackled, as your speech fillers decrease, your listeners will:

  • Form a better impression of you as you speak, thinking of you as an educated, knowledgeable person, more worthy of trust;
  • Be better able to focus on the message you’re communicating, rather than being distracted by the way you’re expressing yourself.

Homework Assignment

Your first task this week is simple: use the Tell-Me Game at least once to identify your favorite filler words and phrases. The second task is much harder; work to eliminate the extraneous fillers in your speech. Continue working with a partner and playing the Tell-Me-Game throughout the week. Get your speech monitor or monitors involved to help catch the fillers you use. As you become more conscious of the way you speak and practice speaking without fillers, you’ll find your filler use decrease. Which will give any members of an audience listening to your take a ways and that is as good as it gets.

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From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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