If you read Part 1 of this article, we looked at three reasons why the overuse of the word “I” can hurt your speech’s referability. Now, let’s look at some ways to fix this without doing a complete rewrite.

Your speech’s personal stories might not be humble brags… 

But you’re still talking about yourself…

And it’s hurting your speech’s referability!

Before you start panicking about a total rewrite… and before you take an ax to those personal stories… let’s look at some gentle ways to reduce your use of the word “I.”

I have four fixes in mind…

Fix #1: Use the “WE” Test

This first one is easy to do for a very quick and effective change.  It works especially well if the story you are telling relates directly to a problem the audience is facing.

Instead of saying,

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