When You Get Nothing But Crickets

You know that thing where you’re talking to a group of people and you ask them a question and no one answers?

And you wait a few more seconds, awkwardly, and nothing happens?

It’s one of those funny little problems faced by a lot of teachers, coaches, speakers, ministers, pretty much anyone who speaks in front of groups: The speaker says something, hoping for a response from students or an audience, and what they most often get back are a couple of weak smiles, a grunt or two, and not much more. Basically, crickets.

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