Ever read a joke that you thought was hilarious? To then attempt to re-tell it but it falls flat with no ensuing laughter? It’s an example of how you can have the best material, but if you don’t deliver it perfectly the results will vary.
When we speak, knowing when the right moments are to pause, either to let a point sink in or allow your audience to catch up if your material is quite clever, is an important skill in public speaking.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well a pause should be worth two thousand.
The best speakers are storytellers. They enthral you when they regale a tale. So how do they do it?
Apart from the story and the excitement that it can create (we’ll cover that in another blog), it’s about knowing when you are getting to the crescendo of the story, holding your audience captivated, pausing to let it build further and then delivering the all-important punchline or climax to the story.
When you have an audience hanging on every word you speak, silence will have them hanging even more in suspense. If you are being quite descriptive while creating visual imagery, pause and let your audience imagine it. If you’re telling a story find the right moment to leave them in suspense. Or if you’re telling a joke build up and pause ready for the punchline for maximum impact.
Let your silence have as much impact as your words.
If you’re not getting your message across or captivating people when you speak, whether in presentations or even one-on-one conversations we can help. At The Better Speaker we focus on making you the best speaker possible. Contact us to find out how now!