20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks

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Pause for Ten Seconds

Pause for two or three seconds and audiences assume you’ve lost your place; five seconds they think the pause is intentional; after ten seconds even the people texting can’t help looking up.
When you start speaking again the audience naturally assumes the pause was intentional... and that you’re a confident and accomplished speaker. A poor speaker abhors a vacuum; only confident speakers are secure with silence. Take one long pause to gather your thoughts and the audience will automatically give you speaker bonus points.
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