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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:

  1. Allows you time to collect your thoughts
  2. 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.

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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.