Shut up! The Art of the Pause

pauseArthur Schnabel, the pianist, once said, ‘The notes I handle no better than many pianists.  But the pauses between the notes – ah that is where the art resides.’

Schnabel’s quote reminds me of the art of the pause– the knowing when and how long to pause.  Understanding that the pause does more than just allow the audience to absorb and hear what is said.  Understanding that the pause adds meaning, resonance and interpretation to the words.  Knowing that the pause doesn’t just break your words up or add structure to your presentation.  Knowing that the pause engages the audience mentally and emotionally. Learning how to feel the pause so that you develop a rich and close rapport with your audience.

It is the pauses that can make a presentation…

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