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.

8 tips to make your eye contact more powerful

Speaking about Presenting

Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact. But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection&#. Eye connection means spending time with each person so that person feels like you’re just talking to them. Here are my tips on how to make eye connection: 1.

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12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

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.…

Eye Contact

The Communication Blog

11.28.2009 Eye Contact While at a restaurant trying to signal the server that I would like the check, I noticed what I guess was always the case, that some servers walk through the restaurant looking at the floor while others (and Im happy to say, the majority) scan their tables for signs that, perhaps, someone might want more water or bread or that the diners are ready to order or that someone might simply want to ask a question.

Eye contact

Pivotal Public Speaking

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. Tags: body language in public speaking public speaking eye contact From some old notes of mine – old yes, but still very relevant11. From Barksblog.

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

How to Make Eye Contact with Your Audience | Public Speaking Training

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Eye Contact During TV Media Interviews – Where To Look | Media Training

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For a professional image: Say good-bye to filler words and hello to eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

Say hello to eye contact. One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. I’d be perfectly happy speaking with my eyes closed! To do this, you establish eye contact with one person at a time, for a sentence or two (or a complete thought). I look them in the eye, one after another. Tags: Delivery eye contact filler words public speaking speaking uh um

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. I often wonder how much eye contact is passable, professionally. It's important, however, to use eye contact as you would any other presentation tool: wisely and well.

For a professional image: Good-bye filler words & hello eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. Do you strive to look, sound, and perform your best when you present? When you're at an event where several people speak, you'll notice that some people sprinkle their talk with filler words, especially "uh." By contrast, those who speak without filler words sound polished and eloquent. They speak to the air over the audience's head. Here's my technique

"What do I do about eye contact and swaying when I speak?"

The Eloquent Woman

Chaitra Shenoy replied, " Eye contact and swaying." To my mind, swaying and avoiding eye contact are two sides of the same coin. For some speakers, swaying and avoiding eye contact are a kind of safety blanket, a comforting way to face a stressful situation.

photographer's tips on eye contact & more

The Eloquent Woman

Since some of our readers recently asked questions about eye contact and connecting with the audience, take a look at his advice on where to look. He says eye contact will: make them feel like you are addressing them.

Week 6: how do I work on eye contact?

The Eloquent Woman

Here's Stephanie Benoit talking about eye contact, her second priority for stepping up her speaking. Eye contact's basic and essential for good speaking: You can't succeed without it. Eye contact: May distract you.

week 6: can eye contact trip you up?

The Eloquent Woman

Can eye contact trip you up? If your eyes avoid acknowledging your audience--all of the audience: If you avoid looking at audience members, they'll feel as if you are avoiding them , when you really want to connect with them.

“Single-Task” Your Way to Presentation Success

DeFinis Communications

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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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. Look at your presentation through your audience''s eyes. Body Language Presenting Yourself eye contact hand gestures presentation

Public speaking: eye contact and Iron Maiden!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Speeches from Film: Henry V

Manner of Speaking

He makes great eye contact with the audience. William Shakespeare wrote many inspirational speeches for his different characters. One of the best known is the St. Crispian’s Day speech delivered by King Henry to his troops in the classic Henry V.

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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. I’ve been working with two different clients lately, of two different genders, in two different companies, from two different states who have two entirely different approaches to listening.

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

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Make eye contact when you are listening to the questioner, but during your answer, distribute your eye contact throughout the audience. Presentation Skills Public Speaking Tips Presentation Delivery Eye Contact Body Language Posture Gesture Movement Vocal Skills Verbal Skills Audience Analysis Moderate a Panel Message Structure Content Development PowerPoint Tips Audience Engagement Presentation Skills Tips Great Speakers

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Speeches from Film: Band of Brothers

Manner of Speaking

He maintained constant eye contact with his troops. Tags: Speeches from Film eye contact public speaking speaking with passion Henry V Henry V (play) Kenneth Branagh St. Two posts ago, I l ooked at Kenneth Branagh’s St. Crispin’s Day speech in the film Henry V.

3 things you must avoid when delivering a presentation to a live audience

PowerPoint Tips

Meet the eyes of your audience members. In the same tip I linked to above, I have a cute, if quirky exercise that can help you learn eye contact while practicing. Delivery delivery eye contact filler words reading slides um you know

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How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

As a result of their lack of preparation, they “hurry” through their presentation, talking too fast, shifting their weight, avoiding eye contact, and showing other physical signs of nervousness. Nervousness and public speaking go hand-in-hand. And in all my years as a presentations skills coach, I’ve found that people’s anxiety tends to fall into one of four categories. These four levels reflect a speaker’s comfort level and confidence. Which one best describes you?

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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. But eye-contact is definitely not one of these.

How To Prepare For An Interview + 15 Job Interview Tips

Matt Eventoff

8) Eye contact. When you meet your interviewer, look that person in the eye. If a group interviews you, look at the person speaking to you, and try to make eye contact to each person in the room as you respond (as long as you do not “Ping-Pong” back and forth!).

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. I often wonder how much eye contact is passable, professionally. Use eye contact to emphasize an important point.

Analysis of a Speech by Elif ?afak

Manner of Speaking

She makes good eye contact with the members of her audience. Tags: Analysis of a Speech TED pause Stories Humour eye contact voice storytelling Emotion passion humor Elif ?afak Elif ?afak afak (pronounced “Shafak&# ) is an award-winning Turkish novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Writing in both Turkish and English, she has published nine books, seven of which are novels. ?afak’s

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

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Bad Media Training Advice: Always Look at the Camera | Media Training

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A Winning Oscar-Winning Speech

Manner of Speaking

He had good eye contact with the different sections of the audience, including the people in the balconies. Tags: Analysis of a Speech gestures eye contact Preparation Emotion Ari Sandel Oscar Academy Awards acceptance speech humility Israel Palestine Israeli-Palestinian confict I was delighted to come across this short clip featuring Ari Sandel. As a movie director, Sandel won an Academy Award in 2005 in the category, Best Short Film – Live Action.

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A Shocking Secret from a Speech Coach

DeFinis Communications

Business Tips Confidence Building Examples of Powerful Speakers Eye Contact Famous Speakers Fear of Public Speaking Historical Speakers Political Speakers Speaking Tips Abe Lincoln Fear of public speaking speech coach Top speech coach

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Where to look for TV Interviews | 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

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Being There

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Make Eye Contact. Always make eye contact with the members of your audience. Tags: Delivery Preparation bananas eye contact David Bader Social Contract rest arrive early Being There cotton mouth David Bader has a wonderful quote that public speakers should take to heart: “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?&#.

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Professionally Speaking...

LOOK 'EM IN THE EYES. In a presentation, too often the speaker speaks to the screen behind him or keeps his eyes focused on his notes. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations eye contact Miss Manners presentation skills

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Public Speaking Mistakes: Are You Caught in the Show-Off Trap?

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Lack of Eye Contact - are you pacing the stage? It's one thing to be afraid of making eye contact. Eye Contact Customization Speaking Mistakes Audience Focus Repeat Engagements Showing Off Great Speaking Storytelling Show OffYou are sooooo cute!

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The value of scanning in public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

Making eye contact and scanning the audience to achieve it is one of those techniques and a powerful one. Firstly, make eye contact with each member of the audience. The eye contact also builds your authenticity. One of the main signs of a person who is not authentic – not sincere – is lack of eye contact, and that would be a guarantee of losing any hard-won connection! .

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Readers' tips for newbie speakers, with resources

The Eloquent Woman

Dorie Hightower suggests that you "make eye contact with the audience and smile before you launch into your talk." speaking with confidence speaker preparation eye contact audience issues breathing

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

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

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. Effective use of eye contact helps the speaker: - Appear more Credible Most psychologists and body language readers have noticed that liars tend to fidget more and have difficulty maintaining eye contact.

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Body Language Practicum III - Facial Expressions

Professionally Speaking...

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. Body Language body language eye contact

What Paul Harvey Taught Us About the Art of Public Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Be generous - with your eye contact, voice and with your message. letter from God eye contact paul harvey