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. Shrink the room.

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 an uncomfortable and extremely intimate aspect of speaking for many people, but it's critical to making the human connection with your audience. Greetings and Happy New Year!

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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 an uncomfortable and extremely intimate aspect of speaking for many people, but it's critical to making the human connection with your audience. Greetings and Happy New Year!

Eye Contact - From Credible to Creepy

Speak and Deliver

You know you should make eye contact. Eye contact is best when making a statement that brings your point into focus. You can tell stories without making much direct eye contact, because you are painting a picture, perhaps running dialogue, and acting out the scene. All over the room. Spread out your individual eye contact to quadrants of the audience - forward, right/left, back. Do not bury your eyes in your notes.

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. eye contact gestures

"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. When you can't face your audience squarely and hold your position, and can't look them in the eye, you may be speaking but you're avoiding a confrontation with your audience. For some speakers, swaying and avoiding eye contact are a kind of safety blanket, a comforting way to face a stressful situation.

week 6: can eye contact trip you up?

The Eloquent Woman

Can eye contact trip you up? This week, my video--at the end of this post--is responding to Stephanie's #2 coaching priority and covers these aspects of how eye contact issues can work against you: If your eyes signal that your talk's off-track: Those quick, inadvertent looks to one side or the other (or up and to angle) happen at the same points that you might otherwise use a verbal "um" -- the points where you've forgotten where you are heading or what words come next.

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

PowerPoint Tips

Meet the eyes of your audience members. If you have a large audience, pick one person at a time and then move on to another person, making sure to cover all sections of the room. 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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“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? If eye contact is the chosen skill, you set up the room by putting sticky notes on various chairs around the room or by putting a few stuffed animals in the chairs so you can make eye contact with actual “eyes.”

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How To Prepare For An Interview + 15 Job Interview Tips

Matt Eventoff

Ending up in the interview room drenched in sweat due to running late is never a good idea. 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!). – Shoulders back, straight spine when you enter the room.

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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. They have already built a substantial capacity for comfort— and there is still room to grow. 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.

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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.

Being There

Manner of Speaking

Make Eye Contact. Always make eye contact with the members of your audience. If the audience is large, look at sections of the room. 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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Who's in the room?

Speak Schmeak

No eye contact. Sometimes you just can't tell what someone is thinking, even if they're not making eye contact and they appear hostile. Maybe they learn better by listening, and eye contact distracts them. I've found that by giving everyone in the room the same level of energy - and not taking it personally when someone doesn't appear to be paying attention - I still manage to reach those who seem unreachable.

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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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Green Room Speakers: Move Purposefully

Green Room Speakers

To the extent that my pacing has a purpose, it is so I can be a physical presence in various parts of the room at different times during the class, make eye contact with more students, listen to their questions better, try to see what they are seeing when I project something/write something at the front of a large classroom, or just because I get kind of hyped up when I teach and I feel like moving.

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What Paul Harvey Taught Us About the Art of Public Speaking

Green Room Speakers

From the Green Room: Speak to your audience as if you were addressing someone who is precious to you. Be generous - with your eye contact, voice and with your message. letter from God eye contact paul harveyFrom today's Washington Post: Paul Harvey, 90, a Chicago-based radio broadcaster whose authoritative baritone voice and distinctive staccato delivery attracted millions of daily listeners for more than half a century, died Feb. 28 in Phoenix.

Persuading an audience one-to-one

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

It’s because no matter how large the audience, it’s usually just one voice talking to one listener in their room or car. Others scan the audience from side to side like a sideshow laughing clown, eyes never resting on any individual. So they never actually make meaningful contact with the audience. Eye Contact, One By One. The most important way to create the magic audience link is eye contact. Don’t break eye contact.

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G-dcast: The Power of Visuals

Green Room Speakers

The seriousness of the sin of worshipping the calf is only truly recognized when God and Moses see it with their own eyes. stance, movement, visuals, eye contact, etc.) So the key to making your content stick is to reinforce it with your body and your visuals - and especially with eye contact. From the Green Room: Synchronize what you say with what you do with your body. visuals eye contact audienceWhat is G-dcast?

Freddy Mercury and the Art of Public Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Sustained Eye Contact. His eyes, his body, his voice all feel like a gift to the audience. From the Green Room: Having presence is the difference between making an audience of 1 feel overlooked and ignored and an audience of 100,000 feel seen and heard. presence eye contact confidenceThe key to a great presentation is making each person in the audience actually believe that you are talking directly to him or her.

Green Room Speakers: Lessons from a Ukulele

Green Room Speakers

In what is a very obvious example of "show, dont tell," Jake expresses his love for the ukulele not by talking about it, but by playing a stirring rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody:" From the Green Room: Most of us dont something as clear as a musical instrument to show, rather than describe a message. If youre trying to tell a group of employees how much they matter to the company, focused eye contact says more than words.

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Green Room Speakers: More Speaking Wisdom from the Karate Kid

Green Room Speakers

The next time you are talking with a friend, practice maintaining sustained eye contact. From the Green Room: Each day provides us with dozens of opportunities to practice using our voices. Wednesday, January 6, 2010 More Speaking Wisdom from the Karate Kid Someone who read my last post on the Karate Kid asked me, "How can I ever hope to prepare like Danny LaRusso? I dont have time to practice repetitive motions all day!" Oh yes, you do.

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The President, Public Speaking, Presence, and uhhh….

Matt Eventoff

Unfortunately, this occurs every minute of every day in every meeting room, conference room, board room, press conference and trial, and the damage it does to the ability to get a point across or accomplish what you are trying to accomplish is staggering. Eyes were focused on blackberries, cell phones, the floor and in one case, the back of eyelids — everywhere but where the presenter wanted the focus. .

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Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

PowerPoint Tips

Interact: Ask questions, answer questions, walk around the room — make your presentation a conversation, at least part of the time. Eye contact: Make eye contact with people as you speak; don’t look over the heads of the audience. I just did a webinar for the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education called “Presentations that Impact Lives.”

Public Speaking & Communication in the Middle East/North Africa

Matt Eventoff

Each country has its own dialect and traditions, even hand gestures that a professional in the public eye must be aware of to not insult anyone. You’re in a room with a journalist. 5) Eye contact. In most Western cultures, eye contact with the person you are speaking with is interpreted as direct and shows a certain level of attentiveness. Keep eye contact casual, and it’s ok to look away, within range that is, from time to time.

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A simple tip to keep the nerves at bay

Speak Schmeak

This is especially common when we're required to go around the room giving self-introductions. Being present means that, instead of getting lost in your own thoughts and your own bodily sensations, you focus instead on the person speaking and what's happening in the room. Make eye contact with the person speaking. Keep yourself present in the room. Do you ever sit in a meeting or at an event, dreading your turn to speak?

2013 177

How To Avoid a Scary Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

Scare #1: You get to the front of the room and your mind goes completely blank. Look out at your audience, make eye contact and smile to reduce your tension. Make eye contact and listen carefully without trying to formulate an answer. The frightening ghosts and goblins who will be afoot this Halloween are no match for the scary things that can happen [or you imagine can happen] during your presentation.

2013 114

Analysis of a Speech by Kate Middleton

Manner of Speaking

Without question, there is room for improvement, but Kate will certainly have plenty of opportunity to do so. She made good eye contact. When she looked at the audience, she swept the room from right to left. And she didn’t seem at all uncomfortable with the eye contact, which is a very encouraging sign. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given her first public speech since becoming a Royal.

How to Look Authoritative when you Feel Anything But

Speaking about Presenting

not look anybody in the eye or shift quickly from person to person. For more on speaking to experts, see this post The four secrets to speaking with experts in the room. This will turn them into human beings in your eyes rather than objects of awe. You’ll also build your credibility in their eyes. Make eye connection. Instead of eye contact , make eye connection. Eye contact has you flitting between people.

2010 186

Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Whenever I have a speaking engagement in a new location, I can usually find a pictures of the room in which I will be speaking online, particularly if the event is being held in a hotel. Most hotels have photos of their conference rooms on line; if they don’t, it is usually not that difficult to get the hotel or the event organizer to send you a couple. Seeing the room in advance is important. Here are some of the things that I have noted about the room: It is big.

2011 183

How to Look Authoritative when you Feel Anything But

Speaking about Presenting

not look anybody in the eye or shift quickly from person to person. For more on speaking to experts, see this post The four secrets to speaking with experts in the room. This will turn them into human beings in your eyes rather than objects of awe. You’ll also build your credibility in their eyes. Make eye connection. Instead of eye contact , make eye connection. Eye contact has you flitting between people.

2010 173

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview

Matt Eventoff

Ending up in the interview room drenched in sweat due to running late is never a good idea. 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!). – Shoulders back, straight spine when you enter the room.

2013 212

You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. Another person avoids eye contact. We tend to talk about stage presence as the way we command a room when we're on a stage or in front of an audience. You're making eye contact. But you're mentally in another place, unaware of what's happening in the room - or even with your own body. Are you bringing a positive energy to the room?

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4 Incredibly Simple Stage Presence Exercises

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Step 3: Make Eye Contact. As they relaxed, they deliberately looked out at their audience and smiled as they made eye contact with every part of their audience. Making eye contact is a powerful way to engage others. By doing so, you honour their presence and “see” them as they most important people in the room. Tip – In a small group, you can probably make personal eye contact with everyone.

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Lesson from Rick Santorum: Don't Dart Your Eyes

Green Room Speakers

This was apparent not only in his content, but also in his eyes. Notice the way his eyes dark back and forth when he speaks. The lack of focused, sustained eye contact lowers his status and makes him appear nervous, shifty - and worst of all - unconfident. From the Green Room: Use your eyes to connect with each person in your audience.

Instant Stage Presence – Pause and Connect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Step 3: Make Eye Contact With your Audience. As they relaxed they deliberately looked out at their audience and smiled as they made eye contact with every part of their audience. Making eye contact is a powerful way to engage others. By doing so, you honour their presence and “see” them as they most important people in the room. Tip- In a small group, you can probably make personal eye contact with everyone.

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Public Speaking Expert: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Matt Eventoff

One can feel the power through the short clip on Youtube — imagine the energy that must have been in the room that day in Memphis! Eye Contact – Dr. King reads quite a bit of the speech, but when he reaches this crucial section, his eyes never wander – they look right at the 200,000 people watching him. The next legend in a series on public speaking experts is one of the greatest orators ever, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a legendary orator.

2015 152

How to answer the dreaded question: "Tell us something about yourself"

Speak Schmeak

And these introductions are dreaded by most of the people in the room, who find deep discomfort with having to talk about themselves, especially when the question is vague, like "Tell us something about yourself." Stand tall Make eye contact, smile, and hold your head high. Good posture and eye contact demonstrate confidence and show that you're not embarrassed about who you are and what you have to say. Make eye contact with a couple of people.

2011 186

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview

Matt Eventoff

Ending up in the interview room drenched in sweat due to running late is never a good idea. 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!). – Shoulders back, straight spine when you enter the room.

2013 159

Guest Post: Joey Asher from Speechworks - Public Speaking Tips From my Dog Balou

Dahle Communication

He chewed the upholstery on our nice living room sofa.   They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. Balou Makes Great Eye Contact. Balou knows that to connect with people, you need great eye contact. Similarly, great speakers understand that eye contact is critical.

2010 113

Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

DeFinis Communications

Finally, position your camera at eye level for a straight-on view of you. They can provide a good alternative to a messy room. Look directly at the camera to mimic making eye contact. On the surface, acting in a blockbuster movie and delivering a virtual presentation may appear to having nothing in common, aside from the fact that they both use a “screen” as their modus operandi. But a closer look reveals striking similarities between the two.

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What Bugs Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

If you have to squint to read them, think what it''s like for me sitting at the back of the room. Please make eye contact with me and smile from time to time to show me that you''re interested in both me and your topic. Dear Presenter, You suck. Sincerely, Your Audience. Luckily most of our audiences are too polite or professional to write such a letter but that doesn''t mean they don''t want to.

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

ego might cause you to want to be seen as an expert, leaving little room for others' opinions. make eye contact to show interest. When you see a list of skills a presenter should cultivate, listening isn't usually one that's near the top. For presenters, there is more focus on the mouth than the ears. Yet as the wise Greek philosopher, Epictetus , said, "We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak."

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