Why are pauses in speech so crucial?

By Emma Serlin
March 3, 2016

Pauses are crucial to good communication

These aren’t nebulous empty pauses, but little breaks, which signify a unit of thought. You can think of it as a musical phrase which is part of a longer melody, that gives rhythm and pace to a piece of music. Pauses do the same for speech.

4 reasons pauses are great for communication:

  1. Taking pauses can make you sound steady and in control
  2. Pauses gives you time to think as you speak, so you don’t need to rush ahead of yourself. If you are nervous, or need to some extra processing time, this is a great ploy
  3. Pauses allow you to direct attention to the key words in each unit of your speech, rather than rushing through to a full stop
  4. Pauses allow for your listener to process each part of your thought, and stay with you, the speaker. Meaning they feel part of the communication dynamic.

In today’s video, Emma Serlin shows you why pauses are so important…


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