The power of the pause

He who speaks first, loses is a well-known catch-cry of negotiation. It is suggested that he who is first to speak once the offer is on the table confers power to their adversary. Similarly, when public speaking a pause adds power to a thought, enabling an idea to be digested by the audience.

In all our busyness of life, how often do we pause? How often do we allow ourselves to enjoy what we’re doing?

We all wear many hats which leads us to believe that we are BUSY! And we may very well be busy, however, if we carry the mindset of always being busy, then we leave little opportunity to actually enjoy the moment. This is where the pause comes in – stopping just long enough to reflect on what we have achieved, where we are going and to celebrate those little wins that we have achieved along the way.

The pause also allows us to reflect on what may not have gone quite to plan, affording us the opportunity to regroup and improve our strategy.

Ultimately, the pause gives power to the experience. It allows us to savour, to digest and to thoroughly consume.

Without the pause, we’re just busy.


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2 thoughts on “The power of the pause”

  1. Excellent post Mark! The pause is an awesome tool in every area of life. Importantly, it gives us time to reflect, and in conversation, gives time to absorb what we have said (pause for dramatic effect)…

    And it can add to the drama of a moment, just think how often soapies and reality TV use the pause (or “ad break even”) to add suspense!

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