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 […]
Category Archives: The Power of Silence
Then yesterday, a friend sent me this image:
And this got me to thinking how punctuation, although used as a visual cue for readers, can be just as important for speakers. In fact, when you’re writing your speech, it can even be more important!
When I was studying belly dance, one of the things I learned was the power of stillness … those moments in a dance where you hold a pose, are still and not moving. It is those moments of stillness that lend power to the movement of the dance.
The same is true with silence during a presentation. There are times when you need to make a statement … then pause. Don’t rush on to the next sentence. Hold the silence and let your words sink in.
For some reason, people tend to fear the silence so they fill it up with verbal fillers such as “um,” “ah” and “ya know.”
Embrace the silence between your words.
Embrace the silence between your sentences.
Any given presentation is composed of two things: sounds and silence. The words you speak are the sounds, and the pauses in between are silence. Did you know that silence can be as powerful as words? It is all in where you put the pauses and how long you […]