Maintain Meaningful Eye Contact

 

When you speak, it is important that you make meaningful eye contact with your audience. This helps them feel like you are speaking directly to them, and they become more engaged. Here’s how I do it. I begin my introduction from the center of the room and, as I mention each of my key points I look around the room, pausing for three seconds at each key area of the room (left, center and right). When I mention persuasive point #1, I look to my left for 3 seconds; persuasive point #2, I look toward the center of the room for 3 seconds; and persuasive point #3, I look to the right for 3 seconds.

 

And remember that bit of advice they gave on The Brady Bunch – picture your audience naked? Don’t do it. Nothing good can come from this! Just naturally speak to each section of the room, and you’ll command their attention without feeling awkward.

 

Bonus tip:  To be sure you’re comfortable making meaningful eye contact, practice in the room where you’ll be speaking so it comes naturally.

 

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