Speak volumes with your silence: 10 ways to use pauses

Pauses and the effect on short term memory

Our short term memory can only hold a few pieces of information at a time, for only about 30 seconds. If you are going to rapid-fire information, without a pause, you hinder your audience’s ability to retain what you are saying, wasting your time and theirs.

Create a better flow by separating your talk into bite-size chunks

Many speakers can get up on stage and recite their whole talk as one run-on sentence, instead of pausing for ‘punctuation’ breaks.

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