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Pauses In A Presentation, Part One

Pauses In A Presentation, Part One

If you are an ESLer, your audience welcomes pauses in a presentation. If it is a lengthy pause of more than two seconds, smile at them, so they won’t think you forgot what to say next.

 1. Pauses give the audience time to process words when they are said in accented English.
2. It gives time to process inaccurate grammar.
3. The material will dictate when such a break is appropriate. At ends of clauses and sentences work well.
4. Many presenters feel that if they are not speaking continuously, they are not communicating. But speeding up the rate of delivery makes it difficult for audiences to stay in gear with you.
Rerun from July 2013

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