The eyes are the windows to the soul

Eye contact is very important when you are presenting. I have heard some people say that if you are nervous, you should concentrate on a spot at the back of the room, just over people’s shoulders and they will never know the difference.

Personally I don’t believe in this strategy as I believe people can tell the difference.

When you are speaking to a friend or colleague do you look over their shoulder at a spot on the wall? ……………….No, you look them in the eye when you are talking to them, unless you are telling a lie.

Eye contact is vital as people will read your attitude and thoughts through your eyes. Looking people in the eye gives you a personal connection with them and when you are presenting you want people to listen and believe what you are saying.

A nervous presenter will avoid making eye contact and this is why people won’t believe them. When you are making your presentation, try talking to one person at a time and make eye contact with them for a couple of seconds, make a connection with them and then move onto another person and make a connection with them.

To build good rapport with your audience you need to make eye contact.

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