Maintaining good eye contact helps a speaker engage with their audience. In this video, learn how to use eye contact to be a more confident communicator.
- You can tell a lot about how a person feels … or what it is they're thinking … simply by observing how they use their eyes. … You can tell a person's level of connection to an audience … or their subject for that matter … again by observing their eyes. … When a person's eyes are flitting around … barely connecting with other eyes, … it likely means the speaker is deep inside their own head … probably experiencing racing brain syndrome … struggling to get their brain and tongue in sync … as reflected in eyes that constantly move. … When our eyes dart around, it makes us look nervous … or hesitant, lacking in confidence. … So instead, use your eyes to show your confidence. … To have good eye contact during conversations, … meetings and presentations, … deliver one thought to one face at one time … and hold your eyes for a second or so … to confirm the thought was caught … then as if to say thank you very much for engaging, … now I'll go to the other side of the room. … Move to another face to deliver your thought and so on …
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Voice modulation, eye contact, and gestures
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Be a Better Communicator
2. Honing Your Message
3. Say It Like You Mean It
4. Look Like You Mean It
5. Confronting Anxiety
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