The nerves, not knowing what to do with (undoubtedly sweaty) hands, and not knowing where to look when you’re are in the spotlight. Trust me, it’s not staring at your notes or at the projector screen behind you!
If any of this sounds familiar, chances are you could improve your presentations, and start to use the opportunity to have a conversation with your audience and really land your message.
Eye contact is one of the most powerful, and totally within your control, weapons you have at your disposal.
Not only will you be able to “read the room”, you can also use eye contact to connect with your audience and boost your credibility and authenticity through the roof.
So, how to complete this terrifying task? Let’s split it into two; preparation and showtime.
Prepare your presentation and once you have pulled together your content, which may include slides, it’s time to create your notes and rehearse. Not only will you be able to hear how your words are coming together, you can ensure your notes are going to work for you on the day, and also practice the all-important eye contact.
If you’re happy(ish) with how you did first time, up the ante a little by asking one or two colleagues, family members or your dog to listen to your next presentation rehearsal.
Next, it’s showtime! Now that you’ve prepared with extra focus on eye contact, you’re feeling good, right?
Check back here tomorrow to read all about to put this all into action!
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