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 […]
Happy Labor Day to all my fellow Americans! I’d much rather enjoy a relaxing day off that produce another video, so you’ll have to make due with another text entry this Monday. I promise to revive the video posts next week … and remember to send me your questions and topic suggestions! You can send them via
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There are lots of things you can do to ensure the success of your presentation. Here are seven of them to get you started.
Key 1: Start in a strong space
Start off with confidence … know your opening so well it is like breathing — you don’t have to think about it. This will get you going over the most nerve-wracking part of your speech. By the time you’ve finished what you know by heart, you’ll have gotten into your groove and your nervous energy will be better channeled to where you want it.
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 […]