I started reading "Pitch Perfect" by Bill Mcgowin last week. Recently I've become more interested in improving my speaking skill, and this book, with its eye-catching yellow cover, seems like a great starter.
I've only read the first few sections, but I've already been trying to apply some of his principles to the way I speak. His recommendation to stop "back-spacing" while communicating, caught my immediate attention, as it's something I've been doing with increasing regularity. Back-spacing is that thing you do when you say something, then... no wait... take it back and say something else. It shows you aren't confident in what you're saying, and even worse that you might not be thinking through your choice of words before spraying them out on people.
Like most people, as I've grown older, the more I realize how much I don't know and this, I believe, is what has contributed to this increasing amount of back-spacing when I talk. I just don't want to give the impression that I think I'm right about everything. Unfortunately, too much of this might start to appear as if I have no solid opinions at all, or worse, that I don't know what I'm talking about when I really do. So I've been working on that, and other aspects of speaking, and it's definitely having an impact.