Why use pauses in your speech? It's a question that we are asked all the time.
And we answer it by asking another question…
What makes a good public speaker really stand out?
It isn't really just a matter of confidence, rhetorical skills or a good speech writer. Though they are very important!
It's delivering a speech that really counts.
Because a mighty fine speech can be ruined with poor delivery. And a poor speech can be much more effective with proper delivery.
So that begs the question...
What's involved with delivering a speech?
Keeping it simple, there are 4 main elements to a well-delivered speech:
Speed of delivery will always be most commented on by an audience. But, with a focus on pauses, your pausing will be consistent with your speed of delivery.
But there's much more to it than just slowing down or quickening up. A lot more.
A well-timed pause has your audience pondering what you've just said. They make sense of your theory. And, they grasp the merits of your argument. That's as they use the quiet time to really understand your speech.
"The most precious things in speech are the pauses." Ralph Richardson
And there's more.
Because your audience also uses the quiet time to consider what you are going to say next.
It's bizarre. But it's true. That's what your audience will do.
It's not dissimilar to an audience's reaction when a comedian pauses before the punchline to a joke. There's anticipation, expectation and a guess or two at the next line.
It works. It's proven and it's well worth your time. That's the well-timed pause when public speaking.
So, when the time is right, please don't hesitate to get in touch for public speaking course advice.
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