Blank or picture of me
Feeling awkward yet?
No, I’m not deaf, mute, or         mental.
EMBRACE THE SILENCE.It lets us listen, think, and    reset our focus. And       doesn’t it feeluncomfortable right now?
“Better to remain silentand be thought a fool than to speak out and remove   all doubt.” —AbrahamLincoln, vampire-illiterate
LISTEN CLOSELY to the words I’m not speaking.
Why are we captivated by silence, but try to drownout valuable conversations    with pointless noise?
Hold your breath. How   many sounds can you   distinguish right now?There’s a world of sound   around you. Are youlistenin...
CONTROL YOUR BODY.       We’re always   communicating, but without words. What is  this little man’s body     language say...
What about now? (If you’renot too distracted by the   hyperactive mute.)
Stand strong!Communicate with passion,even if you have no words.Move with purpose, even if    you have no space.Move with ...
USE YOUR VOICE. This guy is presenting withoutspeaking; you can persuade  more powerfully even if you don’t like your own ...
Be confident in yourmessage and share it with       authority!
DON’T BABBLE. Everyword is precious. Make it,        uh, count.
When you ask, “How areyou?” do you even care? Are you really “fine”?
ASK QUESTIONS. Theyhelp fill the void between          your ears.
Don’t ask empty questions.Don’t give empty answers.
Innovation is the answerwe find when we ask the     right questions.
You may ask:“Is this guy going to speak?”      Wrong question. “How long was I asleep?”             Fail.     “What is _my...
When you have theconfidence and authority to speak, make it something   that matters, like …
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Communication lessons from 5 minutes of awkward silence

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Learn how to communicate better!

For this presentation, I was awkwardly silent for my 5 minutes while I bodily illustrated points with gestures and intentional movements.

I presented this at Ignite Cincinnati 8. Each slide was displayed for only 15 seconds. Ignite conferences are extremely loud, so this presentation stood out for being silent and well designed.

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Communication lessons from 5 minutes of awkward silence

  1. 1. Blank or picture of me
  2. 2. Feeling awkward yet?
  3. 3. No, I’m not deaf, mute, or mental.
  4. 4. EMBRACE THE SILENCE.It lets us listen, think, and reset our focus. And doesn’t it feeluncomfortable right now?
  5. 5. “Better to remain silentand be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” —AbrahamLincoln, vampire-illiterate
  6. 6. LISTEN CLOSELY to the words I’m not speaking.
  7. 7. Why are we captivated by silence, but try to drownout valuable conversations with pointless noise?
  8. 8. Hold your breath. How many sounds can you distinguish right now?There’s a world of sound around you. Are youlistening? (Breathe again.)
  9. 9. CONTROL YOUR BODY. We’re always communicating, but without words. What is this little man’s body language saying?
  10. 10. What about now? (If you’renot too distracted by the hyperactive mute.)
  11. 11. Stand strong!Communicate with passion,even if you have no words.Move with purpose, even if you have no space.Move with purpose, even if you have no space.
  12. 12. USE YOUR VOICE. This guy is presenting withoutspeaking; you can persuade more powerfully even if you don’t like your own voice.
  13. 13. Be confident in yourmessage and share it with authority!
  14. 14. DON’T BABBLE. Everyword is precious. Make it, uh, count.
  15. 15. When you ask, “How areyou?” do you even care? Are you really “fine”?
  16. 16. ASK QUESTIONS. Theyhelp fill the void between your ears.
  17. 17. Don’t ask empty questions.Don’t give empty answers.
  18. 18. Innovation is the answerwe find when we ask the right questions.
  19. 19. You may ask:“Is this guy going to speak?” Wrong question. “How long was I asleep?” Fail. “What is _my own_ message?” Bingo! message?” Bingo! message?” Bingo!
  20. 20. When you have theconfidence and authority to speak, make it something that matters, like …

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