Want to be a stronger speaker? Pause!


Strengthen your public speaking immediately with a pause.

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Time to Read: 4 Mins

Oh, public speaking. Studies for ages have shown that people are terrified of the idea (it's called "glossophobia" and it impacts 75% of the population).  

But when you think of public speaking, what comes to mind? If you’re imagining a room full of people and a well-rehearsed speech, you’re not alone. The truth, however, is that you're probably speaking in public much more than you realize. 

Definitions vary, but most resources agree that public speaking is any time you speak to a live audience (i.e., more than one person) with the intent of persuading them.

This could be a formal speech, in a meeting, or randomly in front of a group. 

We're speaking in public all the time. Whether there's a fear or not, we might as well buckle down and strengthen our skill here, right?

Being a strong public speaker can strengthen your brand and give you the ability to stand out as confident, intelligent, and more. 

Today, we wanted to share one tip to help you immediately become a stronger speaker: The power of the pause. 

Patricia Fripp, a public speaking coach, outlines the various types of pause. We've highlighted three of these pauses below, as they tend to be the most useful in everyday public speaking. 

  1. Sense Pause / Transition Pause: These are where you would normally have a comma or a paragraph break. You're pausing to help your audience understand that there's a shift and ultimately follow your train of thought more effectively. 

  2. Reflective Pause: This gives your audience time to think about something you want them to consider. 

  3. Pause for Emphasis: This helps your audience understand you've made akey point and you want them to pay attention.

Step 1: Take a minute and reflect on any speaking feedback you've received from others. Have they told you to speed up? Slow down? Come with more organized thoughts? 

Step 2: Consider where you can add a few pauses to slow down your speech in an intentional way. 

Step 3: Put it into practice. Anytime you speak today, become more aware of your style and reflect on how you might be able to use a pause to keep your audiences attention and guide them to your final point more effectively. 

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