It’s all about eye contact!
When you’re giving a speech, don’t be a hover craft – looking above your audiences’ eyes. And don’t be a shoe drooler – looking down to avoid really SEEING your audience.
Look ’em dead in the eye!
Here’s a practice plan to develop sincere eye contact
- Tell your family or a good friend that you need to practice eye contact
- Start by just sitting quietly staring into someone’s eyes for 10 seconds
- Let them talk for 10 seconds while you look. Then you talk and look at them for 10.
- THIS IS VERY HARD TO DO! Try again.
- At your office or at dinner, force yourself to look into someone’s eyes, at least for a couple of sentences as you start to speak. If you look away, start again to look straight into the eyes.
- Try to draw energy from those eyes.
- Practice this 5 minutes a day. Keep trying to add a few more sentences.
Knowing how to make eye contact helps you inspire your audience!