Claire Carpenter - The power of the spoken word

The right word may be effective

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause". - Mark Twain.

It can nerve-wracking to stand on a stage and look at an audience, while they're looking at you, and no-body is saying anything. It will feel downright weird, and possibly quite scary, if you're not used to it.

But a good long pause at the right moment of your speech can hugely enhance your performance and impact. A pause will:

  • Add gravitas to your message
  • Allow time for your audience to absorb your message
  • Build anticipation in a story
  • Add punch to a punchline
  • Pauses will add class and impact to your speech. I urge you to embrace them!