Improve your oral presentation skills by incorporating pauses in your speech. Oh, I’m sure you pause on occasion. Everyone does naturally. But for maximum effect after a particularly dramatic or funny comment, pause for 4 to 6 seconds. (You may need to count in your head to make sure you wait long enough.)
Doing so will allow your audience to absorb and reflect on or react to what you have just said. If it was a funny comment and they’re rolling in the aisles, let ’em laugh. You’ll be able to tell when it’s appropriate to resume.
An effective presentation includes (among other elements) good vocal variety and the appropriate pauses. Make sure you pause appropriately during your presentation. If you’re not sure about this step, record a rehearsal. Play it back and listen for any changes that are needed.
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