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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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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.