Today, I'd like to share with you why eye contact is important in public speaking.
When you're getting ready to deliver your points, make sure you make eye contact. Why do you want to make eye contact? Because it develops a connection with the audience.
If I'm talking to a whole room full of people, but I started talking to you, then you and I start having a chat and we actually connect, the whole room will feel that. That's because you and I connected.
Why Eye Contact Is Important In Public Speaking
Thanks to this collective consciousness or this bonding that takes place inside the room, if I can connect deeply with you, then I connect deeply with everyone in the room.
But if I don't connect deeply with you, then no one else feels it. So as you're presenting, look people in the eye. Communicate with them and actually connect.
How To Connect With Everyone In The Room
Now, you've got to look somewhere so you might as well look at eyeballs. Where else are you going to look? And there's plenty of them to choose from.
In any given presentation, you may talk thousands of sentences in a room with very few people. So all you've got to do is when you're ready to talk, start talking with one person. And if you and that person feel comfortable then share a few more sentences with them.
If the person starts to feel uncomfortable, simply move across another set of eyeballs and then start talking and so on.
Just trust where your eyes go. Don't try and count!
"Ok... I've seen red top, blue shirt... done!"
"You, pink top, necklace... ok, I've looked at you!"
"White jacket, buttons... done that!"
Just let your eyes go where they go, and just trust the process.
Having A Conversation With Every Single Person... Using Your Eyes
When you need to connect, you will connect, you will find the eyes and you'll have a chat. So use eye contact because it makes a big difference and it does make your audience feel like you've spoken directly to them. That's why eye contact is important in public speaking.
And you do want to speak to them because they did come out to your event and they deserve to be spoken to!
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