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Make Eye Contact For Persuasive Speeches

Robert Abbott
Speakers and presenters have more tools in their toolboxes than those who write. Why? Because in addition to words, speakers can also use their voices, body language, and eye contact to make persuasive speeches.

Think about eye contact. Jurors in important court cases repeatedly disclose they didn’t believe the evidence of a witness because the witness failed to look them in the eye. In North America, you will hear that some native persons are wrongly sent to jail as their way of life considers it inappropriate to look directly at another person for too long. Which means non-native officers of the court and juries may
aboriginals are insincere, when they’re really just being polite.

Accordingly, when you need to deliver presentations that persuade, make strong eye contact with people in the audience. Keep that focus on audience members long enough to ensure each one you contact thinks that you’re making the speech just for them.
You can also use eye contact in reverse, to speak.. As making visual contact, you are reading the audience as well. When you catch sight of folded arms over the chest, fidgeting, or other signs of non-receptiveness, then change your delivery. That may mean changing the presentation, or wrapping up right away. Sometimes the best persuasive speeches are short speeches.

When you see that the audience has lost, or is losing interest, then speed up the delivery by speaking faster for a paragraph or two. Likewise, alterations in pitch and loudness can also change receptiveness among people in the audience. Curiously, talking softly can be equally as effective in a persuasive speech as speaking loudly, because you force the audience to concentrate to hear you.

If you use these tactics, you’ll need to speed up your eye contact, spending less time on each person and watching the reactions of more people. In this recovery procedure, the aim is to get a fast read on the results of your corrective actions. After you have them back, you can extend each eye contact longer. Summing up, what is may count for just as much as what you say in a persuasive speech.

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