Silence at events is rare but Golden. Yet integrating silence into your presentation or speech can be as simple as pausing for a second or 2.
The irony is that when you’re presenting and keep quiet (not using filler words like um, or argh, more on filler words soon) the quality and balance within your presentation will sky-rocket and for you to bank this uplift in presentation quality all you had to say was nothing…
It is a real privilege as Professional Master of Ceremonies and Event MC to see so many amazing speakers work their magic, work their crowds and work their butts off to deliver a riveting presentation, an inspirational speech or dazzling sales pitch using properly positioned pauses as a tool within their speaking arsenal.
Silence really does give your audience a chance to think, to ponder and to process your information. It also builds suspense among the audience - The next time you’re called upon to speak in public or present, be sure to hold the room you are in silent when the time is right. This could be after a key point or when you pose a rhetorical question to the audience – always remember when the time is right to let words hang in the air – Zip it!!!
Beware - when you first integrate silence into your presentation it will feel like a lifetime between words, the reality however is that the true duration your silence will be less a than a second or two.
Importantly Silence will also give you a moment to reflect, you’re not talking, in theory you won’t be moving too much - what a great time to take a moment to relax and then after a moment of silence - soldier on!
So stay quiet and you’ll say more by speaking less!!!
About the Author
Luke Hannan is one of Australia’s most Experienced, Energetic and Engaging Professional Conference and Event MCs who truly understands what it takes to connect during conversation.
As a Professional Moderator, Luke knows how to connect you with your audience, uncovering deep and meaningful insights that give life to Rich Conversation. With a real focus on interactivity and engagement, Luke will ensure your next discussion is robust, power packed and flows smoothly throughout.
Across his career Luke has partnered with clients such as Westpac, Google, IBM, BUPA, CPA Australia, Dell, Oracle, SAP and Citrix to deliver over 800 seamless live and virtual events and Luke also runs Public Speaking and Presentation workshops, helping Schools, Companies and Individuals accelerate the development of their communication skills.
Luke has an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney plus held Senior Project and Risk Positions in a Banking and Finance Career spanning more than 20 years and travels from Sydney where he lives with his Wife and 3 Children in and loves Trail Running, Playing the Piano, and Motorsport.