Effective use of speech pauses is a master technique.
If you do it right, nobody is conscious of your pauses, but your ideas are communicated more persuasively.
If you do it wrong, your credibility is weakened, and your audience struggles to comprehend your message.
In this article, we examine:
- benefits of effective speech pauses;
- techniques for using pauses naturally (there are more than you think); and
- communications research which provides clues to why pauses help us communicate effectively.