This little word is making a bid to become the most-overused two-letter word in spoken English. We love to use it as a launch pad into our actual thought—“So, I was thinking we could go to Chipotle,” “So, now I’m going to talk you through the budget, “So, how are you?”
You can see from these examples that we don’t need these “so”s. In most conversation, an extra “so” here and there isn’t a problem. But it does lead to adopting that as a habit that’s hard to quit, and using “so” as a transition into our thoughts in a speech or presentation prevents us from being as polished as we can.
Start noticing your “so”s. Where do they creep in?