Eye Contact ... in Public Speaking and Life! (Ages 8-13)

Making eye contact in public speaking is one of those key skills that many lack and all can improve.
22 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 49 learners

60 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue May 31

Meet once (1 day)
6pm - 7pm

Thu Jun 2

Meet once (1 day)
6pm - 7pm

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Class Experience

Students will:
- understand the importance of making eye contact
- learn some ways to build confidence in communicating with people as you look at them
- lay the groundwork for building more skills in verbal communication
- practice eye contact in the class
- have suggestions to help them improve their ability to speak with confidence in public settings (personal interactions, the classroom both 
in person and online as well as in front of a crowd)
Public speaking has been a part of my whole life.  The first speech I remember making was as a 5yr old at the YMCA!   
Over the years I have been in situations that had me speaking in front of groups both in the classroom and in the local church.  My certification to teach in Florida was in public speaking (I let it expire because I was not in the classroom at the time).  An university in Zambia afforded me the opportunity to teach public speaking for a brief time.  My life has been built around speaking ... I love sharing what I have learned with others.
I will give students some ideas to help them practice eye contact skills in daily life, as well as the next time they are in front of people (zooming or in person).  

NOTE:  If we have fewer than 5 students the class may be a bit shorter.
I will provide each student with a one page document prior to the first class.
None, but in other classes working on other skills I will continue to encourage and evaluate students from previous classes.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Jim Sims
Lives in the United States
Speaking confidently, writing powerfully and learning from biography
22 total reviews
37 completed classes

About Me

My teaching career has been in both public and private schools. Subjects that I have taught include english language arts, public speaking and Social Studies. Biography excites me with the chance to better learn what made people great.  I have... 
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