The Power of Eye Contact
I love this piece by Kate Murphy in this past Sunday’s NYT Week in Review about the power of eye contact in daily human interactions.
The same is true for speaking to a group.
My clients often tell me they avoid making eye contact with their listeners because it makes them “more nervous.” When we avoid eye contact with the people we are speaking to – we miss out on the opportunity to fully connect with and influence them.
By making direct eye contact with one person at a time, (I suggest looking at one person per thought), you to turn a group presentation into a series of one-on-one conversations. This is a win-win, as having a good one-on-one conversation is almost always more engaging and less nerve-wracking than presenting to a group.
Making sustained eye contact definitely takes practice as our tendency is to scan the room and not look at anyone. But it’s worth the effort!
From the Green Room: Imagine that instead of giving a group presentation, you are having a series of one-on-one conversations with each person in the room. How? By looking at one person at a time.