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Presentation skills success is based on following a practical presentation strategy and learning the techniques for delivering superior presentations. This website includes the important presentation fundamentals you need build your presentations. From there you can learn and practise the presentation techniques - because a superior presentation is about technique. To make you an even better presenter we offer you presentation tips, ideas and examples.

Presentations Skills: If you already know how important it is to be a better communicator, presenter or speaker - then this website is the resource for you. This website will show you how to be a better presenter. If you are only looking for a magic presentation pill then this site is not for you. This is a "how to be a better presenter" website. Enjoy, George Torok.

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Power Presentations Tip 04

Zip it. Zip it good. 

What's more powerful than your words?


Your silence.


The well placed pause is the simplest communication tool. The pause conveys your confidence more than your words. The pause engages your listeners because it allows them to think. The pause adds emphasis to your words.


Yet too many presenters don't make effective use of the pause. Why? Some believe that they need to say what they have to say before someone interrupts. If that is your style then be aware that the audience isn't listening. They are listening to their own words inside their head. Just because you didn't allow them to speak out loud doesn't stop them from talking in their head.



When should you pause?


Pause after you have taken your speaking position and before you start speaking. This ensures you have everyone's attention for your first word.


Pause after you said something profound to allow them to digest that nugget.


Pause after saying something funny to give them time to get the humor and enjoy a laugh.


Pause after you pose a rhetorical question to let them think about it.


Pause before you answer a tough question from the audience to emphasize the credibility and importance of your answer.


Pause after you've said what you wanted to say - so you don't dilute your message.



How long should a pause be?


As long as needed. Most of the time three to five seconds are enough. You might need to count the seconds in your head as "one steamboat" or "one  Mississippi".


When you master the pause you will be a more powerful presenter. In the words of Dr Evil from the Austin Power Movie - "Zip it. Zip it Good".



George Torok

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George Torok is a writer for Toastmaster magazine on presentation skills

George Torok is a frequent contributor to Toastmaster Magazine. He has presented at more than a dozen conferences for Toastmasters plus two international conventions. Toastmasters is the world's leading organization that teaches presentations skills.


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