Great work on putting these podcasts together. I find them immensely valuable.
I am a member of my area Toastmasters club. At the end of the meeting we have a grammarian report that, amongst other things, details the number of "ums" and "ahs" that were used by anyone who spoke at the meeting that day. The offenders pay 10c per "filler" word that goes towards the coffee fund. I end up dropping a few bucks every meeting into the coffee fund jar.
For better or for worse, my ear is now trained to notice these filler words. What are your thoughts on the use of these "fillers"? How important do you think is it to eliminate this from one's speech. I ask this because if your podcast were presented at my TM meeting, you'd both end up dropping a few bucks into the coffee fund. If Anderson Cooper were speaking at my TM he could probably pay for the whole year's coffee after just one speech.