The difference between an amateur and a professional is… pauses, says Bev Bergeron a professional magician. Next time you are teaching, pause just a little longer than usual and see what happens.You will probably notice the attention of everyone in the room focusing on what you are about to do. Pauses can build drama and excitement. Every successful joke is a result of timing too. Another reason for pausing is to let the concept “sink in”. You can usually pause, longer than you think. Next time pause an extra beat before you show a flash card or start a new activity. Try focusing on pauses for a month and see the results you get.
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