Keeping eye contact in public speaking

Eyes are the window to your soul. Eye contact is so significant in conversation and communications that, in most every culture and/or society, there are beliefs associated with keeping eye contact. Some cultures believe that when you maintain a good eye contact, it shows your interest in what the other person is saying and it demonstrates respect. However, others believe that when you are young you should not look people, particularly older people in the eye when you speak to them. You have to either look away or face down.

In relationships, some people believe they can tell through their partner's avoidance of eye contact whether they have cheated or not. Which is why some people will insist you look them in the eye and tell them the truth. Because eyes are windows to the soul, people believe they will see right through you even if you try to hide the truth or lie.

KEEPING EYE-CONTACT IN PUBLIC SPEAKING: Importance of maintaining good eye contact in public speaking


Regardless of what your culture says, in public speaking, eye contact plays an immeasurable role. Poor eye contact indicates low confidence levels in lack of belief in what you are saying. It also can serve as a signal to potential mates and plays a huge role in flirting. In public speaking, eye contact is a prerequisite for human communication. Someone who looks away when people establish eye contact with them would usually raise eyebrows.

When presenting, try and find a friendly face or at least a warm, interesting one and maintain eye contact while smiling. Be careful not to fiocus too much on one person though.

Eye contact coupled with a smiling face

No amount of public speaking can convey passion as much as a smile. A warm, friendly smile cannot be faked, it can be genuinely seen by everyone and it is welcoming and receptive. A friendly face is warm and inviting, people feel they can easily talk to you when you have a warm, receptive face.

Eye-contact coupled with a smile are very powerful public speaking tools. A smile does not have to be an outside affair or greening, it has to be genuine, which means it has to come from within.

"God gave you your face, but you have to provide the expression"- Unknown

Visit the dentist if you must, but you have to make sure that nothing prevents you from flashing that smile during your speech or interview. Smiling in interviews and in public addresses are more than just okay or welcome, they are essential ingredients; and so is keeping eye contact.

Keeping eye contact is essential for good communication


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