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PAUSING, When Presenting, Can Help Them GET IT!

Updated: Mar 11


However, it’s one of the toughest things to do for a number of reasons, including the thought “I’m the speaker. Shouldn’t I be speaking!?”

Pausing during presentations holds significant value for a number of reasons:

  1. Emphasize Key Points:

    • Pausing before or after a crucial point can draw attention to that point, allowing the audience to absorb and contemplate its significance.

      • This action actually underlines the information you want to emphasize..

  2. Digestion and Comprehension:

  3. Pauses give the audience a moment to process the information you just presented.

  4. This enhances their understanding and retention of the content, two of your main presentation goals.

  5. Rhythmic Variation:

  6. A well-paced presentation with strategic pauses creates a rhythm that keeps the audience engaged.

  7. Monotonous speaking can lead to disinterest.

  8. Anticipation:

  9. Pausing can build anticipation for what you’re about to say.

  10. This can heighten curiosity and keep the audience eager to hear your next point.

  11. Control Nervousness:

  12. Pausing can help control nervousness or stage fright.

  13. It gives you a moment to collect your thoughts and regain composure.

  14. Allow Reflection:

  15. For complex or thought-provoking concepts, pauses let the audience reflect on what’s been said.

  16. This can lead to more insightful questions during Q&A sessions.

  17. Transitioning:

  18. Pausing between different sections or topics can signal transitions.

  19. This helps the audience mentally shift gears and prepares them for what’s coming next.

  20. Engage Emotions:

  21. Pausing can be used strategically to create emotional impact. 

  22. It gives time for the audience to feel the emotions you’re trying to convey.

  23. Empower Storytelling:

  24. In narrative-style presentations, pauses allow for dramatic effect.

  25. They can help build suspense, tension, or convey emotional moments in a story.

  26. Non-verbal Communication:

  27. Pausing can be used to emphasize body language, facial expressions, and gestures, making your message more impactful.

  28. Managing Time:

  29. Pausing can be used to help manage the timing of your presentation, ensuring that you don’t rush through important points.

  30. Addressing Questions:

  31. When you pause after asking a question to the audience, you give them time to think and respond.

  32. This can encourage interaction and participation.

  33. Demonstrate Confidence:

  34. A presenter who uses purposeful pauses appears confident and in control of the presentation.

However, it’s essential to use pauses thoughtfully.

Too many can disrupt the flow of your presentation and lead to disengagement. Too few can make your delivery feel rushed and overwhelming. Learn these techniques through Presentation Coaching Practice and self-awareness will help find the right balance.

Use these suggestions for P-A-U-S-I-N-G in your presentations and I guarantee they will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


Pausing is a key component of presenting.

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