When Speaking, Remember the Power of the Pause

Next time you have to talk in front of a group or in a one-on-one presentation, remember this advice: Hold on a bit.

Jorge Barria, Speakeasy, storytelling, corporate communications, Atlanta, Buckhead, executive speeches, how to teach executives to speak, training, leadership, leaders, when to pause

Jorge Barria of Speakeasy

“Pausing is one of the best choices you can make in a speaking situation,” says Jorge Barria of Speakeasy, a Buckhead communications consultancy that helps executives and others improve their storytelling skills.

“It allows you to inhale and exhale to relax, and it gives you time to think, so it reduces your fear that your mind is going to go blank. The pause also helps you be a more effective speaker because it helps you project authority, energy and audience awareness.”

I enjoyed the expertise of Barria and the Speakeasy team recently. The teachings are invaluable to me. Although I’m comfortable writing stories about other people, I’m less confident talking about myself. In particular, I sometimes struggle to find the right balance between humility and appropriate self-promotion. Go too far one way and risk appearing arrogant — too far the other way and I might seem dispassionate.

Barria likens the pause to a Swiss Army knife because of its multitude of uses. It lets your audience absorb your content. And in storytelling, in particular, it can help… build… anticipation.

Anticipation, yes, and … payoff.


 

RELATED: 12 Annoying Words and Phrases

RELATED: 16 Ways to Write Better

RELATED: A Reporter’s 12 Tips to Get More Information from Anybody

Advertisements

Let me know what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s