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Suggestions For Using Effective Pausing in a SpeechThis article was created by Sandra Stonehouse CC (Competent Communicator) and was part of a presentation she delivered at Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters.

1. Always pause after an impactful statement.

2. Use purposeful eye contact when pausing.

3. A speech is considered successful if you are able to connect with your audience.

4. A pause is an unspoken word.

5. You risk losing the audience’s attention if no pause is used immediately after an impactful statement.

6. Using notes may create a barrier between you and the audience.

7. Find or listen to speakers on YouTube or TV and see if you find their pauses effective.

8. Avoiding ahs and ums at the end of a sentence makes room for a pause.

9. When writing a speech, type in the word “pause” at the end of a sentence for practicing purposes.

10. Pausing is important in all speeches as it can add drama and suspense.

11. A speech is not only the words you say, but how you say them.

12. You want your audience to leave remembering what you said.

13. An excellent speech on paper has minimal effect with a rushed delivery. A pause can emphasize your message.

14. When you pause you’re telling the audience that what you said is important.

15. Give the audience time to absorb what you are saying.

Compiled by Sandra Stonehouse CC

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