Today, someone asked me for some "professional" advice on public speaking. The question was, "should I make eye contact when speaking in front of an audience?"

This is something that is important, and a lot of fun for a seasoned speaker, but it can be really daunting and uncomfortable if you are not use to it. Both for you and the audience. As a speaker you have so much to concentrate on. You are worried about the words that are coming out of your mouth and other things like technology working correctly. My suggestion is that, every time you speak, concentrate on only a couple of areas of improvement. Too much, and everything else will be compromised.

To learn to engage people with eye contact, try this. When you look at people, just look slightly above their heads. Then their looks and blank stares will not be off putting to you. Once you have become comfortable with this, begin to look at people more. When you really get comfortable, you can even talk directly to people as if they are the only person in the room.

Take a look at my video for more.