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Successful Global Presentation Series 16: Make eye contact


Successful Global Presentation Series 16:
Make eye contact

People love to be looked at, even during presentations! So, instead of looking at your prepared notes, slides, ceiling, floor, etc. spend more time making direct eye contact with your audience. In a small group (4-10 people), make eye contact for 2-3 seconds with each listener before slowly moving your eyes to the next; in a large group (11-100+), divide the audience into 3 sections and again make eye contact for 2-3 seconds but with each section before slowly moving your eyes to the next. Note that in a small group, it may be a good strategy to spend more of the total time with more important audience members. This doesn’t mean staring into your company’s senior director’s eyes for 1 minute… just switch your eyes to them more frequently in the rotation. Oh, and if you feel a bit uncomfortable looking her directly in the eyes, then try looking between her eyes next time. Also, during your answers you should focus your eyes solely on the questioner. Why? Because it is a customary sign of respect and allows you to monitor any non-verbal feedback.