How does a great speaker or presenter is able to wow an audience?
He or she looks at the audience.
But I have jitters, how do i do that?
Simple. Speaking and looking (having eye contact) at the the audience is like reading a book. When you are reading a book, you are reading a book, unless you are skimming it, you will read line by line and paragraphs by paragraphs. Which means, you are focusing in that very moment. Only after you have finished reading that sentence or paragraph, your eyes then moves to the next one.
Same here for public speaking. We do agree that in general, speaking with one person has a high certainty of confidence as compared to speaking to a crowd. Using the metaphor of reading a book, when you are speaking to an audience, identify an audience that you would like to speak to. Focus to that audience as if you are speaking one-to-one with that person. After you have finished your line (or paragraph), move on to another audience member.
In this case, your mind will tell you that you are 'speaking' to just one person, and that will make you feel comfortable. At the same time, the audience will feel appreciated because you are speaking and looking at them than just 'roll your eyes across the room'.
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!
From the Editor
The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Workplace Creativity, Creative Leadership and Public Speaking Strategist, with a mission to help organisations enhance people potential and organisational performance. Hazriq is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored eight other books.
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