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Essential Speaking Skills
All about the art of public speaking.


The use of pausing when you speak is extremely important. It can make A person anticipate your every word. Or it can make you seem. . . .uh. . . .stupid. There are a few times when you can as a rule use pausing.
One is when you want to keep a person in suspense and anticipate what you are going to say next.
Second is when you want to make a point of a particular word or phrase. Third is when you're using punctuation ambiguity.

For example, when you say "... when you feel that. (pause) With me (pause) I the pause might
only be slight in this case but the unconscious mind will hear it and know the difference.

Exercise 1- Get a tape recorder and read language patterns, poems, articles, etc. into it. Listen to yourself noticing Where you pause and where you can improve.