When giving a presentation, never underestimate the power of the pause. Silence is difficult, but it is invaluable in speech. It gives you time to collect your thoughts, and it gives your audience time to absorb what you’ve just said—and prepare for what you’re about to say.
Next time you’re in front of your colleagues, your boardroom, or your dog, when you find you’ve lost your words, stop. Think. Repress the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. Let in the silence, and then communicate clearly and powerfully.