Remember to Pause

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This article from the Harvard Business Review is by Jerry Weissman, a leading corporate presentations coach, is the founder of Power Presentations, Ltd., and the author of Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters (FT Press: 2011).

Here he makes the point that we should pause to give the audience time to integrate what we are saying.  I often say that a pause gives the speaker time to collect his thoughts and allows the audience a moment to think about what they are hearing.  However, it is important that the pause is silent and not filled with "uhms" and "awhs".