Eye Contact with Video

Eye contact can be difficult to maintain during a face-to-face presentation, and during a video recording it can be even more difficult. It may seem easy to do, but until you practice eye contact, it can come across as unnatural. This video provides tips on how to maintain natural eye contact throughout a video presentation.

WHAT PUBLIC SPEAKING QUESTIONS DOES THIS VIDEO ANSWER?

· How is eye contact different in face-to-face presentations than video presentations?

· What are some challenges to making eye contact in a video presentation?

· Why is it important to have a conversation with the camera?

· How can I maintain natural eye contact on camera?

· What strategies can I use to make eye contact while being recorded?

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.

Navigating the waters between mediated and face to face speaking is a very difficult challenge, especially if you’ve never had to do it before. This video is going to help you navigate those waters in terms of eye contact and making eye contact for video.

When you’re speaking in front of a face to face audience you have the ability to move around, turn your head, maybe even shift your body back and forth. When you’re speaking in front of a video camera it’s a little different. Normally you have a fixed space that you have to be in, and instead of making eye contact with multiple people, you’re focusing in on just the camera.

The first time I ever did a video it was so interesting because I thought I’m going to make perfect eye contact so I opened my eyes really wide, stared right into that little red light, and in a four minute video didn’t blink a single time. Did that look natural? Absolutely not. I had people make fun of me for it. So learn from my mistakes. Be natural when you’re in front of the camera. You can look to either side just a little bit. You can blink. Have a conversation with the camera, because as we know conversations lead to memorable presentations.

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