We all get nervous when giving a speech, and it has a lot has to do with where we look or don't look with our eyes. But there are ways to not get nervous and use your eyes to help you communicate your message with confidence. So here are 3 practical tips on what to do and what not to do with your eyes in a speech. It all has to do with body language and non-verbal communication in a speech.
1. DON'T LOOK AT THE FLOOR
The first thing people do when they get nervous is to avoid all eye contact by looking at the floor. When speaking to an audience, looking at the floor communicates a lack of confidence and discomfort. The number one thing you want to do is easy everyone to a comfortable mood and show the audience you know your stuff and own the stage.
2. FIND OBJECTS TO LOOK AT
One easy trick to help you have your audience see your eyes, and believe you are making eye contact is to pick several objects spread throughout the room and look at them as you speak. This trick helps you have confidence by looking at stationary and familiar objects and creates an illusion with the audience that you are comfortable making eye contact with everyone.
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Rich "Trigger" Bontrager is a motivational speaker, leadership coach, broadcaster, and Pastor on a mission to help you, "DEFY THE ODDS in life, leadership & public speaking. You can reach Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org