That Friendly Face

When Public Speakers Can’t Stop Looking At You

College professor is wearing a red button down blouse and black pants. She is standing, her right arm is pointed at a screen on the wall. She is looking directly at her students.
Photo by Mikael Blomkvist:

Public speakers are taught to be engaging and to know the material that they’re presenting. Public speakers are often told to make eye contact and to find a friendly face in the audience.

Photo by Craig Adderley:

No one talks about this, but when you’re the friendly face, there’s pressure to be the friendly face. You have to be present. You’re the speakers go to, their comfort. While everyone else is dosing off or checking their phones, we the people with the friendly faces, well we have a job. We have to pay attention.



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Starlet Reid

Mom, Young Adult Author, Former Middle School Teacher. Age Enthusiast. I write about all the things I just mentioned and more .