Like a good speech, this blog post is short and sweet. It’s a continuation of last week’s post regarding Pausing to Prepare before you speak.

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Mark Twain once said,

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

Here are some tips for pausing during your speech:

–      Pause regularly to check for understanding. Make sure the audience is tracking with you. Simply observing their non-verbal response is key. IF they are staring at their phones, it may be a good sign that they aren’t tracking with you

–      Pause to involve your audience. Ask for their input. Give them a quiz. If the audience is more than 25 people have them discuss a part of your content in a small group then ask them to report back on what they discussed.

–      Pause to give them time to give them viewpoint and encourage questions without asking this question, “Are there any questions?” Strangely there are almost never any questions when I hear this question being asked. Instead say, “In a moment, there will be time for Q&A and I am looking forward to your challenging questions, easy questions, hard questions, and questions that …. I think you get the picture. I call this the question set up and it gives them time to think. When it’s time for Q & A, ask, “What questions do you have or how can I help clarify anything from my presentation?”

–      Pause to bring some new perspective, a contrarian viewpoint, or a recent article that would add to or support your main point or make people think

–      Pause for input from a subject matter expert on the topic for which you will be speaking

Next week I will let you know what you should do after you speak.

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series

#Pausitivity #LeadershipDevelopment #Presentationskills

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