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You can use pauses in several different ways. One classic use of a pause is after a rhetorical question (one you don’t expect to be answered). For instance:

"Few people are aware of how quickly rainforest is being cleared. For instance, if I were to ask you how much rainforest is cleared every day, what would most people say? An acre? Ten acres? A hundred acres? PAUSE. Two hundred thousand acres of rainforest is cleared every day."

Another use of the pause is after you’ve said something significant or important. The pause allows time for the point you’ve just made to sink in to the audience.