Have you ever experienced a time warp? You have if you’ve felt you were being silent for too long during a speech. For the speaker, silent moments often appear longer than they do for the audience. In this video excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking, I talk about the importance of using silence in your speeches and presentations.
Pausing for a moment between thoughts and allowing silence to reign does two things. It:
- Allows you time to collect your thoughts
- Helps the audience absorb what you just said
So be sure to incorporate moments of silence into your next presentation.
The above video was excerpted from two 45-minute workshops I facilitated for a group of teens and young adults. I am available to speak to your group, both in-person and virtually, on a variety of topics. For more information, visit www.carmaspence.com/speaker.