Eye Contact and Honesty

Making eye contact during a speech or presentation is one of the most important nonverbal behaviors that you can do.  But why is this?  One of the key reasons is that eye contact conveys a sense of honesty and trust between you and your audience.  This video discusses the impacts of eye contact that go beyond the initial behavior.

WHAT PUBLIC SPEAKING QUESTIONS DOES THIS VIDEO ANSWER?

· What are some tips for making eye contact with my audience during a presentation?

· Why is making eye contact with my audience during a speech so important?

· How are eye contact and honesty related during a public speech or presentation?

· What can conveying honesty do for me a speaker?

· What are the benefits of making eye contact with my audience?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

So you’ve gotten the preparation in, you’ve done some training, and now you’re ready to deliver. These videos will help you know what to do during the speech.

Eye contact. It’s one of the most important things you can do as a public speaker. Reaching and communicating to the audience through your eyes. Effective public speakers have this nailed.

What eye contact does is build up trust between you and your audience. Speakers who look down at their notes the entire time, and never get that visual feedback from their audience by looking around the room, lack in credibility. They’re perceived as not as knowledgeable on a topic and people don’t trust them as much. Eye contact conveys that honesty. It shows your audience that you’re ready to engage with them and using that and opening yourself up to that relationship is very important.

If you’re making eye contact in large audiences of 100 or more, check out the triangle method video, as that can definitely help you. But for smaller audiences, make you sure focus on everyone in the room whenever you can. Now, you don’t want to do the machine gun, but you want to make it natural.

Look people in the eye, communicate honesty, and you’ll get that trust.

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