Have you ever considered or thought about why some motivational speakers such as Deepanshu Kher attract their audience so gracefully and immensely? It is because they maintain the right eye contact throughout the speech. This habit is needed to convince and persuade the audience in the first few minutes only. Anyone who does not maintain eye contact while speaking often takes several hours to do the same thing. Therefore, creating meaningful and positive eye contact is excessively important as it will help you engage your audience.
We all know how important maintaining the right eye contact is for a motivational speaker but still, some people do not understand it. In case you are also in doubt, we have listed some benefits of the same below. Take a look:
Establish a positive connection with the targeted audience
When you look at the group you are addressing while speaking, it helps you grab their attention and create a personal yet meaningful connection. It will not only attach them to the speech but they are more likely to grab the message in the original form. However, one key tip for you is – never look aggressively or forcefully at your audience as it can divert their attention or they may feel offended.
Make the concentration better
At the time of delivering your motivational speech, you may feel a little stressed or nervous. However, when you look at the new faces consciously, it will help you stay composed and calm. This thing is extremely important to bring your attention to your speech. There is a logical fact behind it – when you see someone for 6-7 seconds constantly, you will slow down automatically. And you will be amazed to know that it will help you keep anxiety and nervousness at bay. This is yet another amazing way to maintain the right pace and prevent rushing away or slowing down. You can also see the videos of popular names such as Deepanshu Kher – a motivational speaker to know how they maintain eye contact.
An amazing yardstick of great confidence
You may or may not know that motivational speakers who avoid eye contact with their audience are considered to have no to very little knowledge of the topic or subject they are speaking on. Additionally, it is a symbol of having a lack of confidence. Therefore, when you make eye contact with the audience, they will pay more heed to your speech as you will be more self-confident.
Help with engagement as well as interaction
If you also want to make your audience active participants from passive listeners, then you should work on making eye contact. For example, when you bring in some sense of humor and smile while contacting eye contact, they will connect themselves with you better and smile back. And when you do not do this, people will get detached from the speech and create boredom. So, maintain eye contact just like Deepanshu Kher and other popular motivational speakers do to boost engagement as well as interaction.
How to Make Your Eye Contact Better?
There are things that are far easier to be said than done! And creating eye contact is one of those herculean tasks. Things become even more complicated for you if you have public speaking fear, stage phobia, or social anxiety. But the following tips (given by Deepanshu Kher, a popular motivation speaker) will help you work on it:
- Just consider your targeted audience as individual listeners
- Include the audience in the speech by asking them ‘YES OR NO’ questions, asking them to raise their hands, etc.
- Do not give a long pause
- Never look at the slides too frequently
- Always highlight the important aspects of the speech where you can maintain eye contact
Even though most people feel comfortable while maintaining eye contact, there are still some cultures where it is not approved. As Deepanshu Kher suggests – always understand your audience, their cultures, backgrounds, values, traditions, etc. before presenting your motivational speech.