“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Mark Twain

What Does A Pause Do?

It gives you time to think about what you want to say next.

It gives your audience time to digest the information.

It enables you to signpost important information.

You can replace filler words such as er and um–a pause sounds much stronger.

It gives you time to think about how you will answer a difficult question.

You will have the opportunity to breathe and calm your nerves.

A pause at the beginning of your presentation will make you look confident and in control.

A pause after each new thought gives you clarity.

Pauses give you gravitas!

Learn how to pause

Record your practises and notice when you should have pause

Mark pauses into your speech or presentation using a /

Practice pausing and breathing when you’re speaking generally.

Watch videos of speeches to see how powerful a pause can be (Barack Obama and Martin Luther King are great examples of speechmakers using a pause effectively)