Making eye-contact is the wrong idea.
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
'Make eye-contact' is a common refrain in the world of public speaking. But it's the wrong idea.
The World's greatest speakers do not point their pupils in the direction of their listeners' faces to feign interest in them. They ARE INTERESTED in their listeners, especially in transferring an idea into their listeners' minds. They are so interested that they look at their listeners to see: Is the idea landing? Are they getting it?
Don't make eye-contact. Care deeply about your listeners receiving and processing the gift your are giving to them.