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Speaking and eye contact

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When I was competing on the speech team in high school, one of the fellow contestants gave his entire speech to the black board … his back to the rest of us in the room. Obviously, he was having some eye contact issues … there was none.

Hopefully, you won’t have such a eye contact challenge moment. In this video, excerpt from a workshop for teens about public speaking, I share some tips on how to maintain eye contact with your audience.

To review:

  • For each audience member, your presentation is similar to a one-on-one conversation going on in their head.
  • Avoid focusing on one person or one section of the room.
  • If looking people in the eye is too intense for you, look at their forehead or nose, instead.
  • When you look in the general direction of a group of people in the room, the chances are each person in that group will think you are looking at him or her.
  • Don’t scan the room too quickly. Give each section of the room about the same about of eye contact time.

The above video was excerpted from two 45-minute workshops I facilitated for a group of teens and young adults. I am available to speak to your group, both in-person and virtually, on a variety of topics. For more information, visit www.carmaspence.com/speaker.


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About the author

Carma Spence, The Own Your Awesome Mentor, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Awesome and turning it into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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