Denise Graveline selected Jackie Kennedy’s tour of the White House as her topic for Famous Speech Friday today, and her analysis contains this reminder—
Pauses and silences can keep you on track: The clip below is full of pauses and silences on Kennedy’s part. She does the right thing when she answers questions by pausing, answering and stopping–that lets the interviewer get a word in edgewise, but also ensures that she doesn’t go rambling on too long. And for a nervous speaker, pauses help you to collect your thoughts and your emotions before you continue, a smart speaking strategy.
We spend a lot of energy pointing out audible pauses. Might be a good thing to remember that they can help keep you on track.