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timing is everything

Comedian Jack Benny: ‘When you are speaking, timing is not so much knowing when to speak, but knowing when to pause

Seven types of pause:

  • Phrasing: taken whenever a punctuation mark is used.
  • Breathing: to enable breath to be renewed.
  • Rhythmic: associated with the rhythm of speech
  • Underlining: used after a word or phrase to let its importance sink in.
  • Emotional: used during emotional passages to enhance the effect.
  • Confident: used at the beginning of a speech to emphasise the speaker’s authority and confidence.  (and create anticipation)
  • Emphatic: used before a word or phrase to make it stand out. (or tease)


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