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I want you to love blank faces in the audience

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The audience @ Science at the Summit,

Audiences have blank faces a lot of the time. The photo above is an audience listening - the description by the photographer is of a "rapt audience".  It's hard to see that!

Audiences listen passively. They don't nod very often, they don't smile very often. So when we are speakers we get confused because we are SO used to having a normal conversation where we get lots of approval signals (smiles, nods, little vocal sounds, facial signs and body matching).
We don't get this when we speak publicly and it feels like we are failing if we are not used to it. When you step in front of an audience you will step into the land of non-approval (or soit seems)

So audiences have blank faces. Its normal!
By Blank I mean bored looking, frowny looking, angry looking, yawning, looking up at the ceiling and the floor and even eyes closed.
I want you to see them as just how audiences listen.
In fact I really want you to love blank faces.
 

 

Take a look at this film I made 6 years ago. It's only 56 seconds. You'll need the sound on

first published in 2010 on my blog with additions in October 2016