Saying nothing can make you sound more intelligent.
'Unfilled pauses' in speech can make the speaker appear more intelligent.
by David Shariatmadari, theguardian.com
- Everyone wants to be smooth and eloquent in their speech, and making gaps can put them off public speaking
- According to a study in the journal Lingua, pausing for a little can be perceived positively, causing the speaker to appear more "articulate" and "educated."
- The speaker appears to be careful about what they are saying, and this is attributed to intelligence.
- Drawbacks of 'unfilled pauses' is that speakers are rated as less "authoritative" and less "confident."