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Eye contact

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Eye contact

  1. 1. Public Speaking: Eye-Contact
  2. 2. Eye contact occurs when two people look at each other's eyes at the same time. Eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a large influence on social behavior. From Wikipedia.com
  3. 3. • Eye-contact signifies interest in what another person has to say. When a person looks away it’s often a sign that they are not interested. • Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone but they don’t look directly at you? Did you feel that the person was really listening?
  4. 4. • Reading a speech from written notes makes the audience feel that you are not talking to them, but at them. • Make eye-contact to show the audience you are speaking to THEM. Image: hearsaycommunications.com
  5. 5. Maintain eye-contact with each person for 3-5 seconds. Staring too long at one person makes that person very uncomfortable and excludes everyone else. You also want to avoid running your eyes across the audience at a rapid pace, this is just creepy!
  6. 6. Eye-contact often signifies honesty. People who lie usually can’t help but look away but someone who is honest has no hesitation looking at listeners. The audience feels that a speaker who looks at them is more credible. Image: salon.com
  7. 7. When you make eye-contact with others a form of bonding occurs. The audience feels that they are a part of your speech and want to listen. Image: Australianspeaker.com
  8. 8. Eye-contact keeps the audience focused on your message. Image:http://www.ihatepresentations.com/2012/06/
  9. 9. Top Tip: As you look at each person imagine you are having an individual conversation with them. This helps you to feel and act more natural. Caravaggio: The Fortun Caravaggio: The Fortune Teller.
  10. 10. Summary Eye-contact is a powerful form of nonverbal communication. Use Eye-contact to make your speech a success

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