Category: Public Speaking
Subject: Fear to perform
Question: Hello, I am supposed to give a presentation in my college class and I'm kind of nervous. It is a presentation where I have to talk about an immigrant that I had to interview. So I need to stand in front and talk about him for 5 minutes. My biggest problem is who to look at and eye contact. Thanks!
Answer: Mikey, worry less about where to look and focus more on communicating with the individuals in your audience. Pretend that you are speaking to your friends at lunch and trying to tell them about the cool person that you just met. When you are at lunch speaking to a few friends, you'll naturally (without thinking about it) look at one of your friends while you are speaking for about three to six seconds. You'll tend to hold that eye contact until you see the person react to what you are saying. For instance, the person will likely nod slightly or smile, etc. Then, typically, you'll turn to a different friend at the table and continue the conversation.
It's the same with speeches. Tell the audience something that is important or meaningful, and you'll naturally make good eye contact with individuals in the audience.