Listen is an anagram of silent
When you speak, one of the most powerful tools that you have is silence; it literally makes your audience listen.
Don’t be afraid to use silence right at the beginning of your talk, walk onto the stage and just take a moment to look your audience in the eye before you start.
This is often called the Power Pause. It shows the audience you’re in control and that you are happy to be there, and it gives you the opportunity to make a really powerful start.
As a general rule I usually suggest that a speaker pauses for between 3 & 5 seconds before they start to speak; If you leave it much longer than that, the audience may to wonder if it’s a panic pause, and much shorter, and they may not be ready for what you are about to say.
If you would like to know more about making a powerful opening, shouldn’t we be talking?