This is true sometimes for life and in public speaking. There are times that silence , or a pause while public speaking communicates more than words ever could. However, not just any pause or silence will have the same effect.
A skilled speaker would know when and how to placeit in the presentation for maximum impact. Nonverbal communication is often overlooked except when it is totally off, not matching the verbal communication. Most speakers put more emphasis on getting out their content, and forget that over 90 % of what makes up effective, dynamic communication is the nonverbal language. Your body language speaks before you open your mouth! So how you show up is either enhancing or eroding your verbal message. Google defines "body language" as "the process of communicating nonverbally through conscious or unconscious gestures and movements."
Most speakers don't realize that their unconscious movements may be affecting the audience's ability to see you as a credible expert. These unconscious movements are silent signals we give to our audience that either help or hinder their decision to trust us. And building trust is a pre-requisite to motivating and impacting the audience's we speak to. The best way to determine if you are giving off unwanted signals is to video record yourself speaking and look at the replay without the audio to see whether your body is communicating a different message.
For a list of nonverbal signal areas to help you eliminate bad habits and avoid sending conflicting messages, download my FREE checklist : Body Language Checklist .
If you want to stand out as an expert in your field, and continue to grow in your effectiveness as a public speaker, pay attention to your body language.
Take the necessary steps to make sure your nonverbal language is enhancing, and not eroding, your verbal message.
Step out and speak with transformational impact!