Public speaking can be a nervous experience for some. Though it is very stressful, many public speakers find that they still feel uncomfortable in front of a group of people. It seems that speaking in public is to give away a lot of information, thus making the speaker feel uncomfortable in the first place.
One reason why public speaking might make you uncomfortable is that your body language changes. For example, you will make adjustments such as raising your voice and looking down at your notes. These are natural signs of discomfort and even nervousness.
While others find that their bodies tense up before certain commands. The worst-case scenario is that you become so nervous that you might actually start to faint.
You can have all the practice in the world but, if your nerves are really up, it is still possible that you might have a nervous breakdown while giving a speech. I know of a man who has actually gone to a public speaking class that costs more than he makes in a year. He was actually planning on quitting the whole idea.
As strange as it sounds, not many people think that public speaking can be stressful. In fact, most people are quite happy to just hear an interesting speaker.
What makes a good public speaker is in the mind of the audience. If you are able to get the mind of the audience talking, it is going to be much easier for you to deliver a speech.
Do you know how to use eye contact to get yourself into a better state of mind for public speaking? Yes, it’s true. Just like when you have your back turned to someone, your eyes are only focused on them, the same thing goes for public speaking.
So the next time you are speaking in front of a group of people, stare into their eyes until they look away. Don’t try to look them in the eye. Your eyes should remain on their face until they look away.
Just imagine the look on the faces of the crowd if you just keep staring at them. Just like to get someone to look at your point of view, it takes them a bit of time to get used to your eyes. So, don’t make the mistake of trying to force your point of view onto the crowd.
After you get some positive results from using eye contact during your speech, you can try changing your eyes to something else. You might want to switch from one side of your face to the other or even move them around in a circle.
Try to use eye contact when your head is not tilted in any direction and continue on with the speech. All you need to do is to practice a few times and you should see some results in the near future.