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Participants in the Detroit Fearless Presentations Public Speaking Class Learn about the Importance of Making Good Eye Contact

Participants in the Detroit Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class Learn about the Importance of Making Good Eye Contact and Smiling at the Audience. Many times, people who have some nervousness in public speaking don’t make good eye contact with the people in the audience.  This is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make as a public speaker.  Good eye contact is vitally important in developing a positive rapport with the people who are listening to you presentation.  The key to overcoming the fear of having good eye contact is to look for the smiling faces in the crowd who are giving you positive feedback with their smiles and nodding heads.  When we focus on the people who are truly engaged in our presentations, it takes away the nervousness that we often feel inside when we speak in public or do a big presentation.

What happens if No-One is smiling…Smile at them!!  Usually the reason no one smiles during a person’s speech is that the speech is low energy and to serious.  The best thing that a speaker can do is smile at their audience and they will find that they will smile back.  It’s a natural human response.

So the next time that you start to feel the fear of public speaking start to sneak up on you while you’re giving a presentation , remember to smile at your audience and keep good eye contact with them.

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Public Speaking Fear and Eye Contact

Questioner: Mikey
Category: Public Speaking
Private: No

Subject: Fear to perform

Question: Hello, I am supposed to give a presentation in my college class and I’m kind of nervous. It is a presentation where I have to talk about an immigrant that I had to interview. So I need to stand in front and talk about him for 5 minutes. My biggest problem is who to look at and eye contact. Thanks!

Answer: Mikey, worry less about where to look and focus more on communicating with the individuals in your audience. Pretend that you are speaking to your friends at lunch and trying to tell them about the cool person that you just met. When you are at lunch speaking to a few friends, you’ll naturally (without thinking about it) look at one of your friends while you are speaking for about three to six seconds. You’ll tend to hold that eye contact until you see the person react to what you are saying. For instance, the person will likely nod slightly or smile, etc. Then, typically, you’ll turn to a different friend at the table and continue the conversation.

It’s the same with speeches. Tell the audience something that is important or meaningful, and you’ll naturally make good eye contact with individuals in the audience.

Good luck.

Doug Staneart

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