Many presenters do this impulsively. They keep looking at the screen for far too long. They should be looking at the audience and making eye contact with them, but they don’t. Why is that? Today we will be discussing this habit and how to curb it.
What Causes Presenters to Keep Looking at the Projector Screen?
This can happen when presenters use bullet points on the slide as topics. They end up using the slides as a reference and keep looking at it while speaking. This can be fixed by using a monitor in the front that also shows the slides that are being presented. This has become standard in many places.
“I Get Bored” / “Feel Rushed” When Giving a Presentation
Feeling nervous or feeling bored when giving a presentation can also cause you to look at the screen instead of the audience. You need to change the way you’re thinking about the presentation. Look at it from the audience’s perspective. You’re not just representing the information, you’re also serving the audience.
So, think about it. What would help the audience understand better. Should I use a more conversational tone? How do I usually think when I’m trying to convince people? How can I use visuals and data in the presentation to deliver my point? If you think that the audience will listen better if they were entertained, then throw a joke into the mix.
Remember, if you’re having fun, than they’re having fun. As long as you can sync with the mood of the majority in the room. But even if you can’t, everyone likes to see confidence, and everyone wants to see people try hard.
Catch Yourself in the Act
Many people don’t realize how much time they spend looking at the screen after they’re done presenting. You can get around this problem by videotaping the presentation and looking at it later. This can also help you improve other aspects of your delivery.