Simple Secrets to Improve Your Eye Contact (Flashback Friday #12)
On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.
Today’s Flashback Article
This week, we’re jumping to July 2013 to review strategies to produce more eye contact and better eye contact.
Everyone knows that eye contact is important, so why do so many of us struggle with it? For me, it’s all about preparation. When I’m fully prepared, it “frees” my eyes to connect with my audience. When I’m presenting on short notice or under some other stress, my eyes wander… to my notes, to the ceiling, or anywhere except where they should be.
Eye contact alone will not make or break your next presentation. Great eye contact won’t save a poor presentation, and poor eye contact won’t doom an otherwise fantastic presentation. Compared to your content, eye contact is clearly secondary.
However, eye contact is a valuable delivery tool you can use to enhance your presentation. Effective eye contact improves your connection with the audience, and that is always a good thing.
Read the article, and see if you can add any eye contact tips in the comments: