Participants in the Detroit Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class Learn about the Importance of Making Good Eye Contact and Smiling at the Audience. Many times, people who have some nervousness in public speaking don’t make good eye contact with the people in the audience. This is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make as a public speaker. Good eye contact is vitally important in developing a positive rapport with the people who are listening to your presentation. The key to overcoming the fear of having good eye contact is to look for the smiling faces in the crowd who are giving you positive feedback with their smiles and nodding heads. When we focus on the people who are truly engaged in our presentations, it takes away the nervousness that we often feel inside when we speak in public or do a big presentation.
What happens if No-One is smiling…Smile at them!! Usually, the reason no one smiles during a person’s speech is that the speech is low energy and to serious. The best thing that a speaker can do is smile at their audience and they will find that they will smile back. It’s a natural human response.
So the next time that you start to feel the fear of public speaking start to sneak up on you while you’re giving a presentation, remember to smile at your audience and keep good eye contact with them.