Pauses – No Need To Avoid Silence

WRITTEN February 18, 2016 Author: Rich Atkins

Use silence to add to the effectiveness of a speech.

Silence is acceptable. Short pauses separate thoughts, and come before and after phrases or words that need emphasis. Long pauses are very powerful and allow the listeners to consider what has been said.

Dead air is not always “bad.” Consider it the sound of the audience thinking.

Put it to the test: Leave a voice-mail message for yourself as though you are your own customer. Plan what you want to say before you dial. Deliver something like this: “Hi Rich. This is Rich from Improving Communications calling to let you know that …”

Wait a little while and then listen to the recording. Evaluate the overall vocal power of your message based on the list of characteristics above. Make note of what works in your favor, as well as what you want to change. If you need help with the change, ask.

 

Click here for an interesting read on our societal fear of silence.


THIS INFORMATION IS FROM THE IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS IMPROVING PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS, REGISTER FOR ONE OF our PUBLIC CLASSES.

 

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