One of the most powerful sounds in any speech is the sound of silence. Sadly its not often heard. Inexperienced public speakers are loathe to have no sound filling the air; instead pushing through their speech or filling the airwaves with the classic filler phrases of Um and Ah.
Pausing in your speech provides your audience time to ponder what you have said and forces them to think. It also is a great tool to ensure you have the attention of your audience. Remember in school when the teacher stood silently at the front of the class… Didn’t your attention return to the front?
As you test your speeches and presentations look for suitable spots in your speech where you can pause. It needn’t be long – one or two seconds of silence sufficient. It will demonstrate a confidence and poise to your delivery and allow your audience time to the digest key points you are sharing with them.