Slow Down for Public Speaking
Many people speed up when they are nervous. Do not move your body fast & do not start speaking too quickly. It shows a lack of confidence. Keep a slow pace on gestures & speech.
Use pauses in movement and speech. Pauses can signal the ending or the beginning of something. This can bring stress or attention to things. And pauses can inspire. Watch this popular video of Martin Luther King to see how he uses pauses:
Use longer periods of silence (extended pauses) to show confidence and to let the audience think about something or to anticipate something that is about to be said.
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