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Eight Presentation Tips to Make Your Eye Contact More Powerful

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    The most powerful time to have your eyes up is at the end of a sentence. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when you’ll be most tempted to drop your eyes so that you can look at your notes. Discipline yourself to keep your eyes up till you’ve finished your sentence, then look down. Look at your notes in silence. When you’re ready to continue, look up, find someone to talk to and then start talking.

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Eight Presentation Tips to Make Your Eye Contact More Powerful

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    The most powerful time to have your eyes up is at the end of a sentence. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when you’ll be most tempted to drop your eyes so that you can look at your notes. Discipline yourself to keep your eyes up till you’ve finished your sentence, then look down. Look at your notes in silence. When you’re ready to continue, look up, find someone to talk to and then start talking.

Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact.

But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection.”  Eye connection means spending time with each person so that person feels like you’re talking just to them. Eye connection has two major benefits:

  1. People in your audience will feel that you have genuinely connected with them and that you care about their reaction.
  2. Because you’re talking to people as if you were in a one-on-one conversation, you’ll come across as conversational. That makes you easy to listen to and engaging.

This slideshow features eight tips on how to make eye connection, provided by presentation trainer Olivia Mitchell.  Visit Olivia’s website for more presentation tips.

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