Practicing the pause


What can you do in five seconds? What if you could build stronger relationships, gain knowledge, avoid mistakes, and improve your emotional intelligence? In just five seconds. And you don’t have to actually do anything.

That’s the power of the pause – learning how to wait a beat before reacting. When speaking with others, the pause allows us to avoid agreeing to things before we’ve thought them through, it stops us from reacting emotionally during conflict, and it allows us to think of alternative ideas.

The pause (along with a few head nods) encourages others to share additional information, reconsider their own thoughts and opinions, and view us as better listeners.

The pause usually doesn’t come naturally to most people. It’s something that you need to consciously think to do. But if you keep it up, it will become a valuable habit.

A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. How often do you pause before responding during conversations?

  2. How beneficial could the pause be in your communication?

  3. What makes the pause difficult to do?