This week we'll work on the presentation skill: dealing with silence. Handling silence for most of us is awkward. Some people will start to ramble, some add more information and some people will start to fidget; i.e. tapping their foot, clapping their hands together, or even humming! Anything to end the silence. Similar to a balloon that is being filled with air, we can feel as if we will burst if something is not said to fill the silence. But here's help, learn to be "ok" with silence. If 55% of communication is nonverbal, (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc), then if we don't use the audience's silence and our own to our advantage we are missing out on a powerful way to communicate. Remember, language only speaks to our ears.
If any of this makes sense, it's because I've read:
The Speaker's Took Box by Joel Sweeney, DTM, and
How to Present Like a Pro: Getting People to see Things Your way
by Lani Arredondo
However it is put together mostly with imagination and humour. I hope you've enjoyed it. As always I live off feedback and likes, so please stop by my fb page and give me your thoughts, or push that little -like- button and make my day! -B
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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