Sunday, January 16, 2011
Resolve to use dramatic pauses
On January 3rd Doug Savage posted this hilarious Savage Chickens cartoon. One of my resolutions for this year is to use more dramatic pauses. It’s easy to forget the power of pauses in public speaking. When I get nervous, I instead fill all those spaces with ums, ers, likes, and you knows.
Dramatic pauses also are critical in comedy. Jack Benny, who played a miser, was famous for the following routine:
“THUG: This is a stickup. Now, come on. Your money or your life.
THUG: (repeating) Look, bud, I said ‘Your money or your life.’
JACK BENNY: I’m thinking it over!”
Monty Python’s Flying Circus has a sketch where an accountant hesitates about explaining what happened to that very last penny.