Picked on at work for saying ‘umm’ too much?

Anonymous
I dont want to give to much away about what my job is, but it involves working mainly with people who are a lot older than me, older than my parents, ‘stiff upper lip’, and upper middle class & snobby. A lot of them are retired private school head teachers and the like.

yesterday, one of them made a big deal about how i said ‘umm’ too much and it makes me sound stupid. I hadn’t even noticed i did it that regularly, but i suppose i never thought of it as a problem really. It shows im thinking and the nature of my job is stressful, especially when I have people like this observing my every move.

It has really dented my confidence and now im too scared to speak at work.

I am 24 y/o female.

Anyone else think saying ‘Umm’ is a problem?
Picked on at work for saying ‘umm’ too much?
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