When speaking publicly, most people find it difficult to take pauses. As the person getting the focus of the entire room, taking a pause can initially feel awkward. It feels to you as if a Mack truck could drive through any pause you take.
Many of us feel that if we’re not speaking every second, the audience will get bored and tune out.
The ironic thing is—taking your time and using pauses will give the impression that you really ARE the expert—as you’re not worried about trying to prove it to anyone.
So, take a breath, pause and truly engage with your audience, making eye contact to see if they’ve received your message. Imagine that there’s a thought bubble that appears after each major thought that asks: “Did you get that?”
This is your time—be wise with how you shape it. Connect authentically. Give your audience time to process what you’re saying—they’ll be thankful.