2.2d LEARN Vocabulary from HBR: How to Stop Saying "Um" "Ah"...

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build

verb
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build

verb
to develop something gradually so that it becomes larger, more powerful, more successful

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
suspense

adj
the feeling of excitement or nervousness that you have when you are waiting for something to happen and are uncertain about what it is going to be.

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
defensive

adj
trying to protect someone or something from harm or attack.

1. Pauses aren't always a defensive tactic.
tactic

noun
a planned method for achieving a particular result.

1. Pauses aren't always a defensive tactic.
strategically

adverb
in a way that relates to what an organization, country, etc. wants to achieve and how it plans actions and uses resources to do this.

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
place

noun
a particular position

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
emphasize a point

phrase
to state or show that something is especially important or deserves special attention.

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
absorb

verb
to take something in, especially gradually

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
key

adj
very important and having a lot of influence on people or things.

1. Used sparingly and effectively, filler words can make you more relatable to your audience, give you time to catch your breath, and emphasize key points.
2. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
insight

noun
a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation, or the ability to have such an understanding.

1. Strategically placed silence can build suspense, emphasize a point, or give the audience time to absorb a key insight.
(to) give (someone) a chance

phrasal verb
To allow someone the opportunity to do something

1. Like filler words, pauses give you a chance to take a break and figure out what comes next.
(to) take a break

idiom
to stop doing something for a short period of time

1. Like filler words, pauses give you a chance to take a break and figure out what comes next.
(to) figure out (something)
(to) figure (something) out

phrasal verb
to understand or solve something.

1. Like filler words, pauses give you a chance to take a break and figure out what comes next.
2. The problem is complex and I hope our IT team can figure it out.
however

adverb
despite this; nevertheless.

1. However, a pause makes you sound confident and in control, whereas overused filler words are distracting and make you sound as if you don't know what to say.
in control

phrase
able to direct a situation, person, or activity.

1. However, a pause makes you sound confident and in control, whereas overused filler words are distracting and make you sound as if you don't know what to say.