When to Pause During a Presentation

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Knowing when to pause during a presentation or speech is important if you want to effectively deliver your message to your audience. So below are three important points to remember when it comes to pausing:

  1. Build them in to your speaking in order to appear genuinely interested in the audience – Make  your speech or presentation conversational no matter how well-rehearsed you are. Make it sound natural as if you are having a conversation to your audience. This way, pausing will come naturally too, as if you’re waiting for the other party to reply or comment to what you’re saying during appropriate moments.
  2. The second most important way to use pauses comes at the very beginning of the speech – Pausing before the start of your speech will allow for a bit of a dramatic effect and will help your audience focus more on you and what you’re going to say.
  3. The third most important way to use pauses is whenever you make a key point – To make sure that your audience has heard and understood your key point, pause and look at them in the eyes. This way you’ll see their reaction and if they have indeed understood what you were trying to convey.

For more insights on when to make pauses, please head to this link: The Three Most Important Times to Pause in a Presentation

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