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Public speaking is about building a connection with the audience. How do you do this? How do you know people are really listening? The number one thing you can do is what I call an audience scan. Continue to look left to right across the audience and catch people’s eye contact along the way. You will feel the power of that connection immediately and it will make you want to talk more. 

Read the nonverbals and see people’s body language. If somebody is nodding their head you know they agree whereas if they make a confused face they might need some clarification. Nonverbal cues allow the speaker to create a silent dialogue with the audience. Many times speakers use audio and visual aids. Giving people a moment to look at something else helps give people a break from your speech for a moment. It can be a great resting point and feels quite fun once you get into the flow

Summary

  1. All public speaking is about building a connection with the audience

  2. Scan the audience and make eye contact with many people

  3. Nonverbal cues allow the speaker to create a silent dialogue