You want to leap in, say something, to fill the silence. But if you can hang in there a second it can make all the difference.
Talking in front of an audience, going as if to talk, then pausing a couple of seconds draws attention.
Waiting on the response to a touchy question, those few seconds wait pause helps extrapolate an answer.
Responding to a question after a couple of seconds demonstrates a thought out response.
It’s tough but remember that time is often on your side if you know how to use it.