Last week, I heard Allison Shapira talk about her new book on public speaking, Speak with Impact.
Even though I do public speaking quite a bit now, I still find it draining. I do much better in one-on-one settings. That's why I loved Allison's suggestion to think about making 'eye connection' instead of 'eye contact.'
In a big group, stop thinking about speaking to the group as a whole, but identify individual people in the audience, lock eyes and speak as if you were speaking one-on-one with that person. This increases your authenticity, calms nerves, and helps you create a genuine connection with your audience.