Thursday, May 24, 2007

eye contact with the audience

The first thing that a speaker should do upon reaching the podium is to LOOK at the audience. This is one way of acknowledging their presence and an initial step towards building rapport with them.

What we mean by looking at the audience is this---LOOKING at them eye-to-eye and not just merely glancing or seeing them. Then as you deliver your speech, deliver it to them in the warmest fashion possible. You have a message to tell, then deliver it spontaneously, talk to them in such a way that they will be able to understand your message.

Another thing to remember is the fact that if you have a big audience it is expected that you maintain eye-to-eye contact with everyone---left side of the audience, center, right side. When you focus your attention to only one area, the other parts of the audience will feel neglected. That is why you have to make sure that you do eye contact with the audience who are seated everywhere in the hall.

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