The Best Way to Use Eye Contact When Speaking in Public

Presentation Guru

One challenge that many public speakers face is making eye contact. You might think something so natural as eye contact should come easily… and you probably don’t give it a second thought most of the time. When you’re delivering a speech or presentation, though, eye contact might suddenly seem far more difficult.… … Charisma Performance Body Language Eye contact featured Presentation Delivery

Eye Contact is the Key to an Effective Presentation

Presentation Guru

Eye contact. But have you ever tried concentrating on establishing and holding eye contact? Nonetheless studies repeatedly show the importance of the eyes in connecting with people – whether it be with one person in a conversation, or an entire audience.… … Authenticity Bitesize Build Real Impact Body Language Eye contactHow do you build rapport during any conversation, let alone presentation?

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Eye contact

Pivotal Public Speaking

Watching video with no sound is a great way to assess body language. And there was one particular eye movement he has evidently mastered that takes much practice for most people (TV news anchors included). Rather, he cast only his eyes down, and then only briefly. This gives the illusion of not breaking eye contact since the full face is still visible to viewers. From some old notes of mine – old yes, but still very relevant11. From Barksblog.

Body Language Practicum I - Power Poses

Professionally Speaking...

In any presentation, body language -- also known as non-verbal communication -- can strengthen your message or undermine it. Your audience reads clues from a myriad of things about you other than what you say: how you stand; your facial expressions; gestures; eye contact. When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first. Body Language body language presentations Wonder Woman

The 5-step cure for boring body language

Speaking about Presenting

Could your body language be more expressive? Do you inhibit your natural body language when you’re public speaking because of your self-consciousness? The secret to curing boring body language in public speaking is to replicate the state you’re in when you’re in an animated one-on-one conversation. Here’s what to do to develop natural, expressive body language when you’re speaking: 1.

What should I do with my eyes? | 20-Part Body Language Series for Public Speakers

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How to Use Your Eyes When Seated | 20-Part Body Language Series for Public Speakers

TJ Walker Interactive

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Body Language and Gestures

Kuhnke Communication

While he didn’t say a word, his body tightened and he wrapped his arms around his torso as if keeping his emotion in check. Add to that, his eyes became steely as he glared at me, suggesting that I might want to stop what I was doing. You’re body’s speaking and people are noticing. How you’re holding your body, focusing your gaze and what your feet and fingers are doing tells a tale of your inner state.

Use Your Body Language to Rock Your Next Presentation

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In fact, body language and your actions during a presentation actually makes a massive difference in your chances of successfully convincing your audience of your ideas. A popularly referenced scholarly study by Albert Mehrabian in the 1950s found that only 7% of an impactful message comes from the quality of its words, whereas body language altered the effectiveness of communication by 55%. The four major pieces that impact body language are: Your eyes.

Body Language Practicum III - Facial Expressions

Professionally Speaking...

Most people are less aware of their facial expressions than they are of other aspects of their body language. EYE CONTACT. One of the most oft-metioned components of facial expressions is eye contact. Looking audience members directly in the eye allows you to connect with them on a human level. Strong eye contact communicates sincerity and confidence and shows that you are engaged in what you''re saying.

From the vault: Is eye contact good or bad? 5 tips for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

After I published a guest post on body language , these commenters wonder whether the eyes have it--or not. Here's what they wondered: In terms of body language, I would also love to know more about eye contact and what it communicates.Eye contact is not super-comfortable for me, but I'm afraid it makes me look evasive or dishonest (when I'm not at all). I often wonder how much eye contact is passable, professionally.

Will Your Q&A Session Make or Break Your Next Presentation?

DeFinis Communications

Use your body language to invite participation. Make eye contact when you are listening to the questioner, but during your answer, distribute your eye contact throughout the audience. By preparing for the Q&A just as you do the main body of your speech, you can deliver a presentation that flows seamlessly and inspires your audience to action. Most presentations benefit from a question-and-answer session (Q&A).

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Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

Professionally Speaking...

EYE CONTACT. You''re methodically shifting your eyes from side to side as if you were at a tennis match. What To Do: Communicate your confidence and enthusiasm for being there by holding eye contact with a random audience member for 3-5 seconds before moving on to the next person. Lack of confidence and comfort in your own body. Look at your presentation through your audience''s eyes.

“Single-Task” Your Way to Presentation Success

DeFinis Communications

Multi-tasking, a word no one used a few decades ago, is now firmly ensconced in our everyday language and has become a way of life for many of us. For example, let’s say you are working on improving your eye contact. Does it make sense to work on your eye contact and your facial expression and your gestures and your posture all at once?

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Where to look for TV Interviews | 20-Part Body Language Series for Public Speakers

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Listening: A Core Communication Skill

DeFinis Communications

Here are few suggestions: Face the other person and look directly in their eyes. Business Tips Executive Speech Tips Eye Contact Facial Expression Performance Physical Presence Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Sales Presentations Speaking Tips Top Speaking Tips Uncategorized body language

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Body language news from Germany

Max Atkinson

Followers of previous discussions of body language and non-verbal communication may be interested to know that the news from Germany about Angela Merkel's recent election poster might be about to force me to revise some of my previously expressed views on the subject. Body language and non-verbal communication video. Tags: Body language non-verbal communication

Is your Body Language Distracting your Audience?

Great Public Speaking

Body language also known as non verbal communications. Your feelings, emotions, and thoughts are expressed through posture, eye contact, and gestures. Many studies state that body language is sometimes more important than the words you are actually saying. Being a professional speaker you have to be cognizant of what your body language is communicating to the audience. P>Eye contact is used to connect with the audience and build rapport.

Body Language Quick Takes 4 – How to tell when you’re disconnected

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

What are the body language signs of fake listening?    The eye contact is too fixed, and too still.    But a real conversation, as I talked about in the last blog, is full of anticipatory nods and hand-offs of eye contact in order to allow smooth conversational Ping-pong.    Watch the rest of the bodyBody Language (non-verbal communication

Body Language Quick Takes 6 – How can you tell if someone is interested?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  But interest typically begins with eye contact.    The purpose is to heighten the excitement of actual eye contact.    When we’re interested, we turn our entire bodies toward the interesting object or person, and we draw closer.    Look for too rigid eye contact, or eyes that are looking your way, but not focused, to spot the fakers.  Body Language (non-verbal communication

How to Detect Respect - or Disrespect: Body Language Quick Takes #7

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  So how do you spot respectful body language – or its opposite?   Similarly, if you want to avoid threatening someone else, keep your eyes lowered and your head down.    Eye contact that goes on too long, finally, can be a sign of disrespect, and submissive eyes, that don’t maintain eye contact for long, a sign of respect.  Body Language (non-verbal communication

Body Language Quick Takes 2 - How to spot someone closing down

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

How do you tell – in terms of body language – when someone is closing off to you?    There’s a lack of eye contact, and when she does make eye contact, her eyes may be narrowed, and her eyebrows lowered.    If he is moving his head and body away from you, even slightly, that may be a sign that he is closing down.    What does closed body language mean?    Trust the body language!

20 body language myths debunked

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Thanks to Suzanne Smith, who sent a very interesting list of 20 “defensive” and “positive and powerful” body language tips.    "Defensive Body Language Tips" 1. Unblinking eye contact can be intimidating. Essentially you are staring someone down until they look away. •     Yes, too much eye contact can be intimidating.  Turn your body at an angle to squeeze an uninvited guest out.

Body language revisited: tell-tale signs from royal weddings

Max Atkinson

Regular readers will know that something else that also frustrates me is the way in which so many body language 'experts' overstate their claims and/or make authoritative-sounding assertions on the basis of little or no empirical evidence. Fact & fiction about body language 3: Do movement & gestures distract?

Personal power and body language - part 7 in decoding body language

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

They make more eye contact, or less, depending on their choice. In fact, they dominate the eye contact and the physical touch — all the ballet of the second conversation. The story of power in a room is written in space and height.   It’s not very different from what pack dogs do, in fact. Look for the alpha dog. He or she will be the highest person in the room if at all possible.

The 6 Key Ingredients to Body Language « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

Elizabethkuhnke's Blog Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Home About Elizabeth Overcoming Performance Anxiety X-Factor The 6 Key Ingredients to Body Language Posted by: Kuhnke Communication on: September 14, 2010 In: Body Language | Communication Comment! How we hold our bodies reflects our state of being. To get rid of tension from your body tighten each muscle group in your body, starting at your toes. E – Eyes.

Fact & fiction about body language 3: Do movement & gestures distract?

Max Atkinson

An hour or two ago, I was one of those interviewed on a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language - which can now be heard (for the next 7 days) HERE. This, coupled with the fact that the main guest advertised in the BBC's advance publicity is a body language expert, made me start worrying that my position on the subject wouldn't get get as full a hearing as I'd like. Thanks - and an apology to the BBC!

Eye contact, public speaking and the case of President Zuma’s dark glasses

Max Atkinson

Having just watched Jacob Zuma being sworn in as South Africa’ new president ( HERE ), I was reminded of the importance of eye contact in holding the attention of an audience. Readers of my books will know that I regard some of the widely circulating claims about body language and non-verbal communication as being at best over-stated, and at worst false (e.g. But eye-contact is definitely not one of these.

How to decode other people's body language - 3: Openness

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

In this third part of my series on decoding body language, I'm continuing with openness signals  from the face, head and torso.  If the person makes strong eye contact and turns her head back toward yours, the answer is yes.   Flaring nostrils are the stuff of romance novels and books about horses.

The Eloquent Woman: A blog on women and public speaking: 5 eye contact tips for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

After Debbie Friez's guest post on body language last month , these commenters wonder whether the eyes have it--or not. Here's what they wondered: In terms of body language, I would also love to know more about eye contact and what it communicates.Eye contact is not super-comfortable for me, but I'm afraid it makes me look evasive or dishonest (when I'm not at all). I often wonder how much eye contact is passable, professionally.

Fact & fiction about body language 1: Folded arms, defensiveness and the Mehrabian myth

Max Atkinson

I was interviewed recently for a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language that's scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow. This, coupled with the fact that the main guest being advertised in the BBC's advance publicity is a body language expert, means that there's a fair chance that my position on the subject may not get as full a hearing as I'd like. So, just like words in a language, elements of body language can have different meanings in different contexts.

Fact & fiction about body language 2: Does it matter what you wear or where you stand?

Max Atkinson

This afternoon, I'll be appearing on a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language. This, coupled with the fact that the main guest advertised in the BBC's advance publicity is a body language expert, means that there's a fair chance that my position on the subject won't get as full a hearing as I'd like. As the interview I did lasted for twice as long as the whole programme, it's inevitable that whatever I said will be heavily edited.

3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

The neutral face is pleasant and attentive with strong eye contact and relaxed facial muscles. Your neutral face in this situation enhances your credibility, professionalism and maturity far more than a frown, look of disgust or rolling eyes. Body Language Presentation Tips and Techniques facial expressions presentations Since the days when we were mere babes in arms we have used facial expressions to convey what we feel, what we want, what we think.

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Nonverbal Mistakes

The Communication Blog

Here’s an article on body language that you should avoid; body gestures that can create a negative impression in another person. Breaking your eye contact too early in the interaction. body language negative impressions Nonverbal Communication nonverbal mistakes It''s best to look at these gestures as creating negative impressions under certain circumstances but, certainly, not in all situations: 1.

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Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

Most of all, she looked like she was thoroughly enjoying every minute with her erect posture, big smile, confident eye contact, and that charming way she “sighed” so enjoyably at her own jokes. Meryl Streep just won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady , and in my view she deserves an equally prestigious award for her introduction of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Summit 2012 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Obama “On Fire” in Iowa

DeFinis Communications

I like to think that these three elements correspond to the use of our body, our voice, and words. Physical Presence: When speaking, Obama was erect, leaned slightly forward, and made direct eye contact. Distinctive language: He used concise sentences. He made use of the world “you” (the most powerful word in the English language) often.

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Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

He develops the body of his presentation with a series of touch points, including analogies, metaphors, stories, data, statistics, and humor. Visual Aids: Jobs’ visual aids are the opposite of the dense eye charts we so often see in typical technical presentations. Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer.

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Kinesics « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

Elizabethkuhnke's Blog Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Home About Elizabeth Festive Party Tips Web Presentations Kinesics Posted by: Kuhnke Communication on: November 23, 2010 In: Body Language | Lifestyle Comment! Simply translated, kinesics is body language and is pronounced ki’ni:siks. By employing appropriate body language you can connect with your listener, create a positive impression, and communicate at your best.

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A Pint Size Plan to Help Your Kids Study Public Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

When teaching young children the fundamentals of public speaking there are two important areas you can work on every day: Vocal skills and body language. . Teach Body Language. · Take turns standing up and reading a page out loud : This is a wonderful activity to do with your children but it may be too stimulating to do right before bed. Ask them to open their arms away from their body and use big gestures. Part 2 of 2 . .

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Aspiring Women

DeFinis Communications

No one ever said work was easy, but for women, the workplace can be an increasingly difficult place. First, the old cliché of the “glass ceiling” is still alive and well in many industries. Second, the fact is that women still earn less than men—77 cents to every man’s dollar, to be exact. Yes, women have to overcome a lot to be successful. Therefore, having the advanced skills to break through that ceiling and help shrink the pay gap is critical.

How to Look Confident by Knowing Where and How to Look! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Categories Articles Body Language Coaching Communicating with Children Dealing with People Effective Emceeing (Tips!) Posted: December 28, 2007 by Gary in Body Language , Dealing with People , Networking & Small Talk , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide 4 Many of us have heard about the importance of maintaining eye contact whilst we are speaking. This is the body’s natural defence mechanism at work. winks* 3) No, Not the eyes!

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American Idol: The Impact of Stage Presence

DeFinis Communications

That means your body language, vocal skills and message all work together to create lasting impact for your audience. If someone doesn’t know what the word “beaming” means, all he or she has to do is look at Crystal’s glowing, wide smile and her eye contact. Physical Skills: When performing, the body needs to convey excitement and energy. Crystal’s body was fluid and active.

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Secretary Geithner - 7 Communications Lessons

Matt Eventoff

Dr. Jeffrey Feldman has written a great article on framing this issue , as well as the importance of language and metaphors when framing this issue. Language Matters - the Secretary used very descriptive, “charged&# words, such as dramatic, catastrophe, profound, to describe the “deep mess,&# “we did some very important powerful things&# - the issue is that he deadpanned these words — no expression at all. . Body Language Matters, Pt.