How many times have you glanced up during an office presentation with hopes that your audience of coworkers were watching with enraptured gazes, hanging on to your every word? How many times has this not, unfortunately, been the case?
Fast Company delved into psychologist Lisa Feldman’s book, How Emotions Are Made, to explore what commands audience engagement, the keys to successful delivery, and how important facial expression really is when analyzing moods and reactions. (Spoiler alert: evidence concludes facial cues are likely not a good barometer of how well your presentation is going.)
Read on to learn three reliable signs of audience engagement — and what to do if your speech starts going south.