If you’re gearing up for a major presentation, you’ve probably already come across all the speech-giving advice you can handle. But master presenters know that giving a speech, presentation, or talk isn’t all about you blabbing away. In fact, keeping quiet at the right moments could mean the difference between a good presentation and a killer one.
Pausing strategically is something almost all experienced presenters use to their advantage. Not only does it help the audience stay engaged, but it’s even a proven way to get rid of all those filler words like “um” and “ah” that are dead giveaways of not-enough-practice.
Read the Slideshare below to see exactly when you need to pause to be effective and understand why the power of silence could be the key to the perfect presentation.
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Before joining The Muse, Sarah worked in social business innovation for Virgin Unite in London, strategy and innovation at Market Gravity, sustainability research in the Dominican Republic, and business development for a NYC startup. Wrapping up her time at Columbia University, she’s headed to McKinsey & Company after graduation. Say hi on Twitter @sarahlichang.More from this Author